Information on Alzheimer’s

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in ten Americans has a family member with Alzheimer’s. As people get older, they become more susceptible to the risks of this progressive disease.

Your involvement as the child to a parent with this condition is crucial. It is very important to remain sensitive and kind throughout all conversations with your parent about changes in his or her life. Adjustments in care will be easier if your loved one is always included in identifying the problems and solutions.

As you go through this list of common indicators, keep in mind that Alzheimer’s affects each person in a unique way.

Are there changes in their capability of performing routine daily activities?

  • Walking or moving from place to place (e.g., moving from a chair to the bed)
  • Dressing and grooming
  • Toileting
  • Bathing
  • Eating

Are there changes in their behavior?

  • Lack of motivation or initiative
  • Failure to return your phone calls
  • Increasingly verbally or physically abusive
  • Cannot recall names of familiar people or objects
  • Consistent memory lapses or confusion
  • Frequently gets lost walking or driving
  • Frequently misplaces things
  • Loss of reasoning skills
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Repeats stories

Are there changes in their physical appearance?

  • Poor hygiene or sloppy appearance
  • Same clothing is worn over and over
  • Noticeable weight loss
  • Bruises or burns

Are there changes in the physical appearance of the home?

  • Unmaintained yard or interior of the home
  • Pots and pans with noticeable burn marks
  • Automobile dents and scratches
  • Unopened mail or unpaid bills
  • Unfilled prescriptions
  • Low food supply
  • Urine odor
  • Carpet stains caused by dropping or spilling things

As new Alzheimer’s treatments and approaches are formed, it is vital to connect with people who can help you explore its unique symptoms, effects and challenges. Approximately 80% of the residents at Chestnut Ridge have been diagnosed with some form of Alzheimer’s or dementia, and our team of trained care partners is committed to working with families to provide the best possible care.

Whether you live in the Delaware County area or have a loved one in or near Chester, we’re here. Contact us to see how we can help.