More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia – but it isn’t just Americans who suffer from memory loss. Around the globe this impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia is increasing at a staggering rate and the need for quality care is a real issue – especially given the expected increase in the number of patients needing care.
What can you do to help?
Know the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia and pay attention to behavior changes in older family members or spouses. And don’t be afraid to talk to a medical professional about your concerns. The earlier memory loss is diagnosed the sooner you can begin treatment or planning for levels of care, which may include at home help or eventually a residential community like The Memory Center communities in Richmond and Virginia Beach.
Some Health Issues Can Cause Dementia Like Symptoms
There are many different reasons someone might experience memory problems – and the reason isn’t always dementia. Some health issues such as thyroid problems, stress, vitamin deficiencies or certain medications can cause dementia-like symptoms but can be reversed when properly managed. This is another reason why it is important to talk to your primary care physician about symptoms of memory loss.
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