The Home Instead Senior Care® Network Stresses the Importance of Early and Accurate Diagnosis of the Type of Dementia Affecting a Loved One

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Dementia is a classification for any condition that affects proper mental function, to the capacity of which living alone may not be a safe option. There are many types of dementia each with different symptoms and drug and therapeutic treatments available. The most common form is Alzheimer’s, which is estimated to impact over 5 million Americans

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It is important to see a qualified physician who can provide a specific diagnosis of the type of dementia affecting a loved one.

Home Instead CAREGivers are trained to understand the differences between Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. We want our clients' families to know that we are here for them no matter which dementia diagnosis they face.

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Dementia is generally defined as the loss of cognitive or mental functions. Common symptoms include impaired thinking, memory loss, and poor reasoning abilities. When combined or at their most extreme they can interfere with an individuals daily functioning and personal safety and assistance is required.

Symptoms may also include changes in personality, mood, and behavior. In some cases, the dementia can be treated and cured because the cause is treatable.

The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's disease, which currently has no medical cure. It is estimated that over 40% of all persons over the age of 85 will experience some form of dementia. Alzheimer’s is an extreme and progressive form of dementia that generally affects the elderly, or persons over the age of 65.

It is important to see a qualified physician who can give you a specific diagnosis.

By understanding what specific type of dementia your friend or loved one has a physician will be able to offer drug and therapeutic treatments that may improve the quality of life of the person affected by dementia.

Likewise, other professionals you may work with to care for your family member, such as professional in home caregivers, should be trained to understand the distinctions between various dementias. Paul Hogan, co-founder and chairman of Home Instead Senior Care, states, "Home Instead CAREGiversSM are trained to understand the differences between Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. We want our clients' families to know that we are here for them no matter which dementia diagnosis they face."

Family caregivers can form a care team with the senior's doctors, pharmacists, and other dementia care providers focused on providing the best possible care and that focus needs to include an accurate understanding of the diagnosis, its symptoms, and its possible treatments. "Until we find a cure, the best approach to any of these dementias is engagement, activities, communication and loving care," says Hogan.

Do you have an elderly parent, friend or family member who is suffering from persistent memory loss and confusion? Please seek medical attention immediately. An early professional diagnosis is the first step in a plan of quality care.

The Home Instead Senior Care network invites you to review additional information and resources on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, including the types of care and assistance available for individuals recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

About Home Instead Senior Care
Founded in 1994 in Omaha by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 950 independently owned and operated franchises providing in excess of 45 million hours of care throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Finland, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico and the Netherlands. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ more than 65,000 CAREGiversSM worldwide who provide basic support services – assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands, incidental transportation and shopping – which enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.

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