Discussion Questions for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of the aging process. For the millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with the debilitating memory and behavior illness – life is not easy. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, those with declining cognitive abilities impact an estimated 230,000 people in Illinois, which is expected to rise nearly 13 percent by 2025. Dementia, a form of Alzheimer’s, is one of the only top-10 causes of death in the U.S. that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed. While the issue is important every month, June is a special time to push greater education and raise support for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.
- Is dementia the same as Alzheimer’s?
Illnesses like Alzheimer’s can cause dementia. But dementia represents the symptoms of the disease like confusion, memory loss, and mood and personality changes.
- What types of dementia are related to Alzheimer’s?
Dementia with Lewy bodies, vascular dementia, and Frontotemporal dementia are the most common types related to Alzheimer’s Disease.
- What is the most common symptom of Alzheimer’s?
Memory loss remains the most common sign of Alzheimer’s. As the disease progresses, many will develop additional symptoms, including physical symptoms, vision disruptions, difficulty speaking, and trouble swallowing.
- Is it true that good heart health leads to a healthy brain?
Because the brain and heart are linked, the health of the two have been associated with measuring cognitive wellness. And many of the risk factors associated with dementia are the same as those related to cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart attacks.
- Is there a cure or at least a treatment for dementia?
Some drugs can help, but they can also hinder activities or be overly prescribed. They also do not stop the disease from progressing, and unfortunately, have led to fatal accidents in nursing homes as the result of the overmedicating of residents with psychotropic drugs. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, and no treatments for dementia that will modify the progression.
When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (or dementia), they will require more care, patience, and support as they grow older. As much as 75% will eventually become entirely dependent on someone else to care for them. At times, this support will be found in a facility such as a nursing home or memory care center where residents are too easily ignored, abused, neglected, or tragically lost in a wandering or elopement incident.
Speaking for Our Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
If you suspect elder abuse or neglect of any kind, please contact us for a free consultation with one of our experienced nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti. Together we will help determine if you have a case, notify the proper authorities, and vigorously pursue justice. There is a statute of limitations for filing elder abuse cases in the state of Illinois, so please contact us as soon as you are ready at 312-332-2872.