Dementia & Alzheimer’s affects much of our New Jersey/NYC Community, leaving responsibility to our family members and community members to increase sensitivity and knowledge to help accommodate to their specific needs.
Changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia.
Do You Have a Family Member or Friends With Alzheimer’s Disease? Do You Know How to Recognize Dementia?
Become a Dementia Friend to Help Raise Awareness and Improve the Daily Lives of Patients Living with Alzheimer’s/ Dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a group of symptoms.
Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Basics
- Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 percent to 80 percent of dementia cases.
People with memory loss or other possible signs of Alzheimer’s may find it hard to recognize they have a problem. Signs of dementia may be more obvious to family members or friends.
What is a Dementia Friend?
A Dementia Friend is someone who, through viewing a series of online videos, learns about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends program to visiting someone who is living with dementia, every action counts. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend – we all have a part to play in creating dementia friendly communities.
T&C Dementia Friends
At Town & Country Compounding, we are encouraging our employees and friends to become Dementia Friends and advocate for helping the daily lives of patients living with dementia.
Several of us at Town & Country Compounding have parents and friends with Alzheimer’s Disease. We have first-hand experience with the challenges in day-to-day living that patients face before they are diagnosed or at the early diagnosis phase. At this point, they are usually still trying to operate normally in their daily lives but you may start to notice things are “off” or maybe it is just “old age”.
We can tell you, old age forgetfulness is NOT the same as dementia. This early phase of dementia also creates challenges for the families. Why? Often the families do not know what they are witnessing if the early phases of Alzheimer’s Disease. We normally relate Alzheimer’s Disease to symptoms such as memory loss but typically there are other symptoms that come before that.
Your memory often changes as you grow older. But memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging.
Signs of Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Typical Age-Related Changes
|Poor judgement and decision-making||Making a bad decision once in a while|
|Inability to manage a budget||Missing a monthly payment|
|Losing track of the date or the season||Forgetting which day it is and remembering it later|
|Difficulty having a conversation||Sometimes forgetting which word to use|
|Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them||Losing things from time to time|
A huge challenge we personally have experienced is that those with signs of Alzheimer’s often find it hard to recognize they have a problem. Signs of dementia are usually more obvious to family members or friends. It is very trying to reason with someone with dementia because they often insist they are fine and refuse to make necessary changes on their own whether it be through lifestyle modifications or medications
Know the 10 Signs
The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information because Alzheimer’s changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning.
As Alzheimer’s advances through the brain it leads to increasingly severe symptoms, including disorientation, mood and behavior changes; deepening confusion about events, time and place; unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers; more serious memory loss and behavior changes; and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.
10 Signs of Dementia to Look Out For
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
The earlier that someone is diagnosed, the more you can help them prepare to live independently and start medications that may help them.
The Progression of Alzheimer’s
In mild to moderate stages, brain regions important in memory and thinking and planning develop more plaques and tangles than were present in early stages. As a result, individuals develop problems with memory or thinking serious enough to interfere with work or social life. They may also get confused and have trouble handling money, expressing themselves and organizing their thoughts. Many people with Alzheimer’s are first diagnosed in these stages.
As Alzheimer’s progresses, individuals may experience changes in personality and behavior and have trouble recognizing friends and family members.
Experiencing the challenges with our loved ones has inspired us to help people recognize the signs of dementia and how to offer help to those they see struggling.
Becoming a Dementia Friend
Please go to the website and follow the instructions. The overview video is required and then you have options to watch others as you desire. We watched them all and we could find ways to relate each of these to our loved ones. The bank, retail and pharmacy are were we find the most challenges for independence and we have had many situations that have shown the need for these videos.
The people who work at these places often have no idea they are dealing with someone with dementia and they are puzzled about what is going on and how to proceed. We eventually have had someone from various places call us and report something is wrong and they often knew because of experience with their own family members.
Once you watch the overview and a few videos (check them off as you go) it will tell you that you have qualified. * We have asked our T&C staff to watch the video about the pharmacy.
What options are there for Alzheimer’s Disease?
While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or a way to stop or slow its progression, there are drug and non-drug options that may help treat symptoms. Understanding available options can help individuals living with the disease and their caregivers to cope with symptoms and improve quality of life.
If you have any questions about treating memory health issues, becoming a Dementia Friend, or any other questions regarding compounding medications, please do not hesitate to contact our T&C Team of expert pharmacists.