Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Alzheimer's disease and Dementia are both debilitating and progressive diseases. With appropriate support, most people can continue living at home during the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and Dementia. Family caregivers of someone with Alzheimer's disease or Dementia face a number of challenges, such as the emotional burden of watching someone they loved, once relied on and looked up to slowly slip away. Additional challenges include juggling other commitments while dealing with the changing needs of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or Dementia.
However, a person with Alzheimer's disease or Dementia may benefit by remaining in their own home because being in surroundings that are familiar to them can help bring them comfort. There are many resources available to help family members learn and cope with a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or Dementia.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It is actually a more frequent cause of activity limitations than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are probably the most common forms of arthritis that impact seniors. Osteoarthritis is a progressive degenerative joint disease which results in breakdown of joint cartilage. Rheumatoid Arthritis is inflammation of the membranes lining the joint. Both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis cause pain and stiff joints, which reduce mobility. Many people with arthritis can remain living in their home with assistance to alleviate mobility issues. There are many options and resources available to help seniors manage and treat arthritis.
Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body's inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. Over 25% of seniors over 65 years old have diabetes. The American Diabetes Association states that many cases of diabetes among seniors are undiagnosed. Diabetes is a serious disease, which if not properly managed can lead to serious complications including damage to the eyes, heart, nervous system, feet and kidneys. However, proper management of blood glucose levels can help prevent complications. If you or your loved one is diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to familiarize yourself on the risks, symptoms and treatment for diabetes.