Discover the causes, symptoms, and the remarkable benefits of Alzheimer’s care during World Alzheimer’s Month. Home Instead Leek and Moorlands Alzheimer’s Care offers specialised support for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Learn how our compassionate services can enhance the quality of life and provide relief for all involved. Contact us today for expert Alzheimer’s care services.
September marks World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign aimed at raising awareness and challenging the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. At Home Instead Leek and Moorlands, we frequently work with clients who are living with Alzheimer’s. Our Care Professionals undergo specialised City & Guilds dementia training to provide the best support. But what is Alzheimer’s, who does it affect, and how prevalent is it in the UK? In this post, we delve into some interesting facts about this condition.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological condition that primarily affects memory, thinking, and behaviour. It’s the most common cause of dementia, accounting for around 60-70% of all dementia cases. Over time, the disease can severely impair a person’s ability to carry out even the simplest tasks.
Currently, around 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, with Alzheimer’s being the most common form. By 2025, this number is expected to surpass one million.
Alzheimer’s is not just a disease that affects older adults; it also has a significant impact on their families. Nearly 700,000 people in the UK act as primary carers for someone with dementia, often without formal training or support.
Interestingly, women are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s. Nearly two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients in the UK are women. The reasons for this gender imbalance are still being studied, but it’s a crucial area for research.
The economic impact of Alzheimer’s is immense. In the UK, the cost of dementia care is estimated to be around £26 billion annually, which includes healthcare, social care, and unpaid care by family members.
Contrary to popular belief, memory loss isn’t the only early sign of Alzheimer’s. Symptoms like changes in mood, confusion about time and place, and decreased or poor judgment can also be indicators.
Realising that a loved one may be showing signs of Alzheimer’s is an emotionally challenging experience. It often leaves family members unsure about what steps to take next. From our experience at Home Instead Leek and Moorlands, we understand that the initial steps following a suspicion can be crucial for both the person potentially affected and their families. Let’s explore some of the actions you can take, keeping in mind the healthcare system in the UK.
The first step often involves having an open and honest discussion with your loved one about what you’ve observed. It’s a sensitive topic, so choose an appropriate setting where both you and your loved one are comfortable. Be clear but gentle in your language, always coming from a place of care and concern.
Your GP is usually the first point of medical consultation. Schedule an appointment with your loved one’s GP to discuss the symptoms. They can perform initial assessments and may refer you to a memory clinic or a neurologist for further evaluation. Early diagnosis can be crucial for planning and receiving appropriate treatment.
Alzheimer’s isn’t a battle to be fought alone. Involve other family members, friends, or close neighbours who can provide additional perspectives or emotional support. You might also consider joining Alzheimer’s support groups or Dementia cafes where you can learn from others who are going through similar challenges.
Once a diagnosis is confirmed, a variety of care and treatment options can be considered. This could include medication to alleviate symptoms, cognitive behavioural therapy, or in some cases, residential care. At Home Instead, we offer specialised dementia care designed to maintain independence for as long as possible.
Understanding the NHS pathways for dementia care is vital. In the UK, once referred by a GP, you may work with a multi-disciplinary team that can include neurologists, psychologists, and social workers. Together, they will form a dementia care plan tailored to the needs of your loved one.
Legal and financial planning, such as Lasting Power of Attorney or an Advance Care Plan, can help in making future decisions and should be considered as early as possible.
Home Instead’s Alzheimer’s care services in Leek and Moorlands are designed to provide specialised support and assistance to individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their families. Our Care Professionals are trained to offer compassionate care that focuses on maintaining a safe, comfortable, and engaging environment for your loved one.
If you’re facing the complex journey of Alzheimer’s, Home Instead Leek and Moorlands is here to support you. We understand the nuances and challenges of dementia care and we are committed to providing compassionate and expert support. Your loved one’s wellbeing is our top priority. Contact us to discuss how we can tailor our services to meet your specific needs.