Care Planning Associates Janet L. Howes, LMSW-C/M, ACSW

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia, afflicting 24 million people worldwide. Alzheimer's is a degenerative and terminal disease for which there is currently no known cure. In its most common form, it occurs in people over 65 years old although a less-prevalent early-onset form also exists. In its early stages, short-term memory loss is the most common symptom, often initially thought to be caused by aging or stress. Later symptoms include confusion, anger, mood swings, language breakdown, long-term memory loss, and the general withdrawal of the sufferer as his or her senses decline. Gradually the sufferer loses minor, and then major bodily functions, until death occurs. Although the symptoms are common, each individual experiences the symptoms in unique ways.

Due to the incurable and degenerative nature of the disease, care-management of Alzheimer's is essential. The role of the main caregiver is often taken by the spouse or a close relative. Caregivers may themselves suffer from stress, over-work, depression, and being physically struck.

I have worked with both individuals suffering with AD and their families in finding ways to successfully manage the growing difficulties of routine life and look for ways to effectively care for immediate and long-term needs.

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