#AlzheimersMonth - how Home Instead Brighton can help

This September is World Alzheimer's Month, so we’re taking a look at the disease, the early signs to watch out for according to the NHS, and how Home Instead can offer support. 

Dementia is a syndrome associated with an ongoing decline of brain functioning. It can affect memory, thinking skills and other mental abilities. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia in the UK.

The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is not yet fully understood, although a number of things are thought to increase your risk of developing the condition.

These include:

- increasing age
- a family history of the condition
- untreated depression
- lifestyle factors and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease 

The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease progress slowly over several years. Sometimes these symptoms are confused with other conditions and may initially be put down to old age. The rate at which the symptoms progress is different for each individual. 

In the early stages, the main symptom of Alzheimer's disease is memory lapses. For example, someone with early Alzheimer's disease may:

- forget about recent conversations or events 
- misplace items
-forget the names of places and objects
- have trouble thinking of the right word
- ask questions repetitively 
- show poor judgement or find it harder to make decisions 
- become less flexible and more hesitant to try new things
 
If you're worried about your memory or think you may have dementia, it's a good idea to see your GP. If you're worried about someone else's memory problems, encourage them to make an appointment and perhaps suggest that you go along with them. Your GP can carry out some simple checks to try to find out what the cause may be, and they can refer you to a specialist for more tests if necessary. There is medication available that can temporarily reduce the symptoms. 

At Home Instead, all of our CAREGivers receive dedicated training so they can give the best possible care to people living with all forms of dementia. Our relationship-centred approach enables our CAREGivers to provide personalised care that:

- Helps your loved one remain safe at home
- Builds confidence and encourages engagement
- Can provide nutritious meals and mealtime activities to encourage healthy eating
- Creates opportunities for social interaction
- Provides stimulating activities
- Builds self-esteem and enhances physical strength
- Helps to understand different behaviours and needs
- Supports the family to help you take a break from some caring responsibilities.
 
For an informal chat about how Home Instead could help a loved one living with dementia, call Liz on 01273 284090. You can also email her. 

Find out more information about Alzheimer’s disease and World Alzheimer’s Month.

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