Alzheimer's Disease Care

Alzheimer's disease is one form of dementia that slowly gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behaviour.

You are more likely to get Alzheimer's disease (AD) if you have a brother or parent with Alzheimer's disease, or carry certain genes linked to Alzheimer's Disease. Also there is speculation that a long history of high blood pressure and a history of head trauma could also play a role in the onset of this disease.

Alzheimer's Disease can appear before the age of 60 (early onset), in which case it tends to get worse quickly. Several genes have been identified in playing a role in this early onset type of the disease. The more common type of the Disease however is late onset dementia. It occurs in people 60 years or older and is more difficult to relate to certain genes.

In the early stages, Alzheimer's tend to be bring on forgetfulness. As it progresses, it affects behaviour, emotional state, language, memory, perception and thinking. This then can lead to changes in sleep patterns, agitation, depression, hallucinations, poor judgment and withdrawal from social contact.

Many families wish to continue to care for their loved ones for as long as possible. But as this disease progresses, the sufferer can undergo the types of behavioral and emotional changes that makes it very difficult for those around to provide care unaided.