Memory Care for Alzheimer’s Patients

In 2013, as many as 5 million Americans were said to living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2015, the number of Alzheimer’s patients went up to 5.3 million.

Alzheimer’s, which is a progressive disease that affects that part of the brain that controls thought, memory, and language, is the most common form of dementia, a general term that refers to loss of memory and other intellectual abilities. Alzheimer’s begins with memory loss and could possibly lead to loss of the ability to respond to the environment and carry on a conversation. Scientists are still trying to learn what exactly causes Alzheimer’s disease and thought they know that its best known risk factor is age, they are also aware that the disease is not a normal part of aging.

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s first become manifest after age 60. With no known cure, this disease only worsens with age. Its known symptoms include loss of memory, inability to plan and solve problems, confusion or disorientation, difficulty completing routine tasks, difficulty in forming words (spoken or written), difficulty understanding spatial relationships, poor judgment, and mood shifts. According to the website SeniorAdvice.com, the risk of harm to those affected with Alzheimer’s make Memory Care an important part of medical treatment.

Memory Care, the site continues, is a medical program centered on providing patients with on-site support and supervision. It houses patients in a community, where they are taken care of by doctors, nurses, counselors, dietitians, speech therapists, and other trained professionals; other services, like medication monitoring, personal grooming, meal plans, housekeeping and laundry services, are also provided to patients.

Housing a patient in a community specializing in memory care requires expensive fees, though. While families of patients can always shoulder costs of patient residency from their own savings, there are other sources of funds that may be available for them, like insurance or government assistance, namely Medicaid and Medicare. Seniors, children, and those of low income, who may qualify, may be able to avail of long-term assistance from Medicaid, while qualified patients 65 years old or older may avail of Medicare.


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