There’s something wonderful about the holidays. Friends and family get together to enjoy a tasty feast, surrounded by holiday decorations and accompanied by festivities and excitement.
For some of us, we may be seeing relatives we haven’t seen since last year. For older adults, a lot can change in a year, so it’s important to recognize signs that our loved ones may be experiencing Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, accounting for an estimated 60% to 80% of cases.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 65 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s, and one in three seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Yet, only 16% of seniors receive regular cognitive assessments during routine health check-ups.
As a memory care navigator at Sun Health, I’ve identified some signs to look out for this holiday season that may be cause for concern:
It’s important to recognize signs of cognitive decline in our loved ones. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s or dementia at this time, treatment can ease the symptoms to improve one’s quality of life.
Sun Health’s memory care navigator offers help at no charge. The program helps family members, caregivers and patients identify support services and resources that will help navigate the dementia journey. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 623-832-9300 or visit sunhealthwellness.org/memorycare.
Memory care navigator