Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia in the world and affects millions of seniors across the globe. Characterized by marked memory loss and declining cognitive ability, Alzheimer’s can be particularly difficult to deal with — both for those afflicted and their families. However, proper care and attention can make life with Alzheimer’s significantly better for all involved. On this page, our senior care experts at St. Paul’s Senior Services provide Alzheimer’s facts and care recommendations. We also provide information on our very own San Diego memory care communities.
Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms and Treatment
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s is distinguished on the physical level by specific changes or abnormalities in the brain. These abnormalities include deposits of the protein fragment beta-amyloid (commonly referred to as “plaques”) and twisted strands of the protein tau (“tangles”) as well as evidence of nerve cell damage and death in the brain.
Difficulty remembering recent conversations, names, or events is often an early clinical symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Mood swings, apathy, and depression are also common early symptoms. Later-stage symptoms include impaired communication, poor judgment, disorientation, confusion, behavior changes, and difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking. To date, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, proper care has showed marked results in slowing its onset and progression.
San Diego Alzheimer’s Care at St. Paul’s Senior Services
As Alzheimer’s disease progresses in a senior, the needs of that person can become too demanding for family and friends to address alone. When this occurs, it is time to consider memory care. At memory care communities like ours here at St. Paul’s Senior Services, seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are given dedicated, specialized care from residences designed to accommodate their needs. Here at St. Paul’s Senior Services, we are proud to offer memory care at both our St. Paul’s Plaza and St. Paul’s Villa senior living communities in San Diego. We also offer a Senior Day Program for seniors in need of memory care and more structured activity during their days. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our San Diego team for more Alzheimer’s facts and care resources.