June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million people live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide. June is a month dedicated to raising awareness of Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association defines Alzheimer’s as a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.

As we begin to spread the word and raise awareness of the disease, it will be easier to realize when a loved one is being affected. Education is one of the most important parts of caregiving. Get to know the stages of Alzheimer’s below so you will be aware and observant if a loved one starts showing some of the symptoms.

Stages of Alzheimer’s

Stage 1: Early Stage

The early stage of Alzheimer’s is sometimes the hardest to notice. The affected person may still live independently but has trouble with some tasks such as, remembering new information or forgetting words or names. Usually, long-term memory such as, where they went to high school or college is not affected.

Stage 2: Middle Stage

The middle stage of Alzheimer’s is more advanced and more obvious. The affected person will most likely have trouble living on their own and accomplishing daily tasks they used to do on their own. It becomes obvious to loved ones when the person with Alzheimer’s becomes quick-to-anger, often confused about where they are and has trouble controlling their bladder.

Stage 3: Late Stage

In the most advanced stage of Alzheimer’s, the person becomes completely dependent on a caregiver. With probable loss of movement and the ability to walk or sit on their own, round-the-clock assistance is necessary. In the late stage, speech becomes near impossible other than short words or phrases.

Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be very difficult and confusing especially if you’re unsure of what to do. But don’t worry, you’re not alone, let us help!

At Vista Prairie Communities, we not only offer assisted living for seniors but we also have Memory Care Communities throughout Minnesota and Iowa. Our primary focus is to provide an attentive and caring environment for seniors dealing with Dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Contact us today to learn more about the communities we offer at (952)-837-0540 or info@vistaprairie.org.

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