Alzheimer's Disease is a tragic illness that robs victims and their families of years of happiness by slowly destroying the mind and personality of the person afflicted. This illness afflicts more than 5 million Americans each day. Although there is no cure yet, there are professional care facilities and drugs available to treat symptoms and delay progression of Alzheimer's if it is diagnosed early. According to the Alzheimer's Association, the ten warning signs are:
o Memory loss
o Difficulty performing familiar tasks
o Problems with language
o Disorientation to time and place
o Poor or decreased judgment
o Problems with abstract thinking
o Misplacing things
o Changes in mood or behavior
o Changes in personality
o Loss of initiative
Of course anyone can have a bad day and suffer one or more of these afflictions. It is frequency, degree, and multitude of such signs that serve as a genuine warning sign and create the imperative to seek professional medical evaluation. Luckily, with the increasing concern and awareness of Alzheimer's Disease, early detection is on the rise and to the direct benefit of the patient. Early detection is the single most contributing factor in protecting quality of life.
The professionals of Spring Arbor Living and The Oaks Residential Assisted Living centers take great pride in preserving the quality of life of our residents who suffer from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. We humbly consider ourselves to be on the cutting edge of care. We are truly thankful for the opportunity each day to celebrate the lives of every resident we serve……regardless of circumstance.