Today, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive neurological illness. In an effort to educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, November has been designated as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
Unfortunately, because the risk of developing the disease increases dramatically after age 65, Alzheimer’s disease mostly affects older Americans. As the number of Americans over the age of 65 grows, so does the number of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is not one of the usual changes in brain function that many seniors notice. Over time, it worsens, leading to accelerated memory loss and the inability to carry out regular, ordinary duties. Communication problems, confusion, and changes in personality or mood are further signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Research into Alzheimer’s disease, its causes, and potential treatments has grown in recent years because of the disease’s societal impact. Some progress has been achieved in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, as studies have uncovered risk factors and behaviors associated with an increased risk of developing the condition. Traumatic brain injury, a family history of the disease, heavy alcohol consumption, and poor sleep hygiene are all things that can increase your chances of developing a degenerative brain disorder. Perhaps most intriguingly, lack of social contact also has a role.
At Deer Trail Assisted Living, we understand the challenges that families and loved ones encounter as they struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Each memory care resident is served directly by a member of our Memory Care team, which is comprised of compassionate individuals who help with everything from medication management to daily grooming and mobility duties. Our memory care programs are specifically intended to improve your loved one’s abilities while also stimulating their minds with meaningful activities.
For more information about Memory Care in Rock Springs, WY at Deer Trail Assisted Living, please give us a call at 307-362-0100.