We used to refer to “senility,” and thought of it as a normal characteristic of old age. Then, slowly, this new word took over. More and more, we began to hear about this “new” disease that was so incredibly frightening simply because there was no stopping it.
We watched as a former President said his goodbyes to us and began his lonely walk down the Alzheimer’s path; we agonized with his wife whose love and strength was strained to the limits as she strove to provide care for him. And we began to wonder, will it happen to me, or to my loved ones?
Now we know the answer: it can. We still don’t know everything about Alzheimer’s disease, but we’ve come a long way in treatment. We know there are symptoms that are recognizably different from the common and normal signs of aging; we know that when we get to the stage when we need care, whether at home or in a licensed care facility, there are medications that will help to slow the progress of our ailment.
The 5.4 million people suffering from Alzheimer's in the United States make it the most common type of dementia, destroying brain cells and causing confusion, anger, mood swings, language breakdown and long-term memory loss.
Blue Sky Therapy wants you to know there are resources to turn to – organizations that are dedicated to the research and treatment of the disease. There are ways you can tell if you are a loved one are showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s. In our next blog, we’ll talk about some of those signs.