Memory Care in St. Louis: What To Know About Alzheimer’s

There’s been a great, many advancements in research and understanding for age-related diseases, including Alzheimer’s in recent years. Unfortunately, there is still no cure. 

While there are new treatments along with the improved research, it’s still a trying disease to deal with, from the perspective of the individual affected by the disease, immediate family, and caregivers. 

What then can be done to alleviate the hard aches that accompany this degenerative disease?  

What is Alzheimer’s Disease? 

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia; a general term for memory loss, which can further impact cognitive abilities. 

Alzheimer’s accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases, and its impacts can become serious enough to interfere with simple, daily routines. 

Alzheimer’s is thought to be caused by an abnormal build-up of proteins around the brain cells. Some of these proteins can form plaque and tangles around the cells, preventing normal operation and causing brain cell damage.

The majority of people affected by Alzheimer’s are 65 and older, however it can affect younger individuals as well.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, which means it worsens with time. In early stages memory loss can appear mild, but with late-stage development, the ability to carry a conversation and be aware of their environment becomes more difficult.    

How To Recognize Alzheimer’s?  

As we age, our bodies naturally change. This is normal. Our minds also change, however if there is a serious drop in memory recall, constant confusion, or brain fog, this may be a sign of brain cell damage that might be related to dementia or Alzheimer’s

Recognizing these symptoms, may help to determine if an underlying cause is affecting brain function: 

  • Disorientation
  • Sudden and unpredictable mood swings
  • Confusion about present events
  • Unfounded suspicions
  • Difficulty speaking 
  • Other sudden cognitive disruptions seemingly unexplained

People suffering from memory loss and dementia may find it hard to recognize these symptoms on their own, however family members, caregivers may notice rather quickly.

If you suspect a loved one is suffering from memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s see a doctor right away to better understand the condition and evaluate the severity.    

Alzheimer’s Care That Is Person-Centered

Searching for quality Memory care can be difficult. Many would rather take on the burden of caring for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than placing them in an Assisted Living or Memory Care community.. 

The reality is though, that caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is truly taxing for family, even with a great support network. 

That’s why the Fountains of West County provides a safe place to call home for these adults affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s.  

Our staff is trained extensively for memory care and the challenges present with dementia. Through a unique training program and routines that preserve dignity and self-esteem, family members can feel confident in the care of their loved one. 

To learn more about our Memory Care services, give us a call today: 636-779-2600