The World Health Organization has shared approximately 50 million people suffer from dementia worldwide. Dementia is an “umbrella” diagnosis with over 80 different “spokes” or types of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado will be hosting a live webinar on Wednesday, March 10th and March 11th from 9:30 to 2:30 MDT to meet the need for continued dementia education, guidance, and research. This event will provide two programming days having information for caregivers and those affected by Alzheimer’s.
Dementia is a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking, and social abilities that are more common as we age. It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of dementia in order to seek treatment as early as possible.
Several stages are presented with dementia.
The first stage of dementia occurs gradually and is often overlooked. Symptoms include:
Becoming lost in familiar places
Losing track of time frequently
The second stage symptoms present themselves more clearly and are more restrictive.
Feeling lost at home
Needing personal care
Forgetting people’s names and recent events
Changes in personality and behavior
Wandering and questioning
Late stage dementia occurs when total dependence is needed from a caregiver. Symptoms are more recognizable.
Difficulty with physical activities or co-ordination
Unaware of time and place
Inability to verbalize or communicate
Extreme behavior or mood changes
Alzheimer’s disease affects memory, thought processing and behavior. It comprises 60-80% of dementia and is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. No cure exists currently, emphasizing the importance of learning the signs and symptoms early. Improved treatment and a much-needed cure will result from continued research and support.
Join caregivers and those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia diseases by tuning into the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado Rocky Mountain Conference on Dementia. Learn more about the symptoms, current treatments, and support network. Explore the many free programs and resources. Bridge to Better Living provides guidance and on-going support to Seniors and their loved ones. We help clients discover the perfect place to meet each of their unique physical, emotional, and social needs. Contact Bridge to Better Living today! We believe in Placement with Passion®.