For many, there’s no better time than now to become a senior. Compared to 1960, individuals who reach the age of 65 will live an average of 14.5 years longer. Unfortunately, for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, this isn’t always the case.
Alzheimer’s is a cognitive degenerative disease that affects motor function, speech, and cognitive ability in seniors. It is a form of dementia that cannot be slowed or treated. However, it can be managed with adequate care.
At a certain point, your loved one may need to enter assisted living
Assuming the role of a caregiver can be physically and emotionally draining. But luckily, help is available through assisted living facilities and adult day care. In fact, nearly seven out of 10 seniors over the age of 65 will ultimately need long-term care because they are no longer able to care for themselves adequately. This is often the case for individuals who are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. Since Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease, seniors slowly but surely become incapable of completing simple tasks, such as bathing oneself and household chores. In fact, many of these things will become dangerous. At assisted living facilities and adult day care services, your loved one will get the medical and personal care that they need to thrive.
But this transition might be difficult for your loved one
Losing one’s own cognitive ability is difficult to come to terms with. Not being able to perform tasks that were at one time extremely simple can be hard to cope with. However, assisted living facilities work to make that transition as easy as possible. With support available 24/7, assisted living residents can get help when needed, but are otherwise allowed to live as independent of a lifestyle as possible.