Understanding Memory Loss

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and causes a loss of cognitive ability and affects memory, thought processes and behavior. The disease develops slowly and gets progressively worse over time, causing memory loss and problems with daily living skills.

What are the problems caregivers face?

Today, millions of Americans are dealing with the demands of providing daily care to loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and its increasing memory challenges. Providing this type of care can be very overwhelming and places high levels of emotional, physical – and even financial – stress on the caregivers.

How can memory care assisted living help?

Memory care assisted living can provide supportive care to individuals and their families to help them understand and cope with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. At The Atwater at McLean, we provide a safe, calm setting for those with Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss. We offer many active lifestyle opportunities, services and amenities to engage our residents in activities designed specifically for each person’s unique abilities.

Our specially trained staff monitors each resident’s personal comfort levels and anticipates their needs. We strive to maintain social connections and keep our residents as mentally engaged as possible, while remaining sensitive to the desires of each resident. This type of specialized care can help families maximize the quality of life for their loved one throughout the entire progression of the disease.

What are the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease?

The main risk factors for memory loss such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are age, family history and genetics. However, most experts believe that Alzheimer’s disease is a result of complex interactions among genes and a variety of other factors – over a long period of time. Making good lifestyle and wellness choices throughout your life, as well as effectively managing your health, may play a positive role in helping to keep your brain and body healthy, possibly providing protection against Alzheimer’s disease.

What are some of the warning signs associated with Alzheimer’s disease?

Warning signs associated with Alzheimer’s disease include memory loss that can affect activities of daily living, impaired judgment, disorientation about time or place, behavior or personality changes and loss of the ability to understand words and communicate effectively.

What treatments are available for Alzheimer’s disease?

At present, there is no treatment available to cure Alzheimer’s disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved several drugs that have been found to temporarily slow the worsening of symptoms for about 6 to 12 months; however, these drugs are only effective in about half of the people who take them.