Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can be very difficult. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease.
Signs of dementia can vary from one person to another. Frequently they include:
- Increasing levels of forgetfulness.
- An inability to carry out simple tasks.
- Difficulty in remembering words or in forming coherent sentences.
- Confusion, hallucinations, or paranoia.
If dementia is suspected, consult a physician familiar with Alzheimer’s disease as soon as possible.
Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is not reversible. However, early diagnosis is important because the progression of the disease can often be slowed, and the symptoms can be managed, with the help of medications. Early detection means time for everyone to plan ahead.
Persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers can find help through the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center, and the Kansas Department on Aging Alzheimer’s Helpline. These organizations provide excellent information to caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease.
For more information about Alzheimer’s Disease the Kansas Department on Aging has published “A Guide for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.” This guide can be found in our Alzheimer’s section.