How Does Alzheimer's Affect Daily Life

Living with Alzheimer’s disease is difficult for the affected patient and close family members. The disease has a profound effect on many aspects of a person’s day-to-day. People with dementia deal with much more than simple memory problems. The most common daily issues a patient will face include getting dressed, washing, bathing, and eating.

If you believe a loved one is in the early stages of dementia, please contact a specialist right away for a diagnosis. If you are a family member of a person with Alzheimer’s, please contact Canterbury-on-the-Lake Senior Living Community today.

A Progressive Disease

The way Alzheimer’s affects a person will vary for each individual, as well as the effects on activities of daily living. Memory loss and cognitive decline are common in older adults, but even more so with adults living with Alzheimer’s.

Dementia, and Alzheimer’s, are progressive conditions. As it advances, the symptoms will grow worse and the patient will need more daily care and support carrying out the tasks we all take for granted, such as eating and getting dressed.

Activities of daily living (ADLs) are the everyday tasks we do each day. Because these activities become harder to do as the condition progresses, caregiver involvement is often necessary.

It is not only physical activities that are affected by this disease, necessary skills needed to function within society and their community will also decline. These skills are called Instrumental ADLs, and they include things such as basic math calculations.

Can Doing Repetitive Tasks Prevent Dementia?

Those at risk of developing Alzheimer’s often ask if there’s anything they can do to prevent the disease. While research studies continue in developing a way to cure, and prevent, dementia, there are no definitive answers just yet.

However, research has shown that there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Researchers conclude that diet and exercise are two of the most important factors in helping reduce the risk of dementia. Diet and exercise promote brain health, which can help prevent the onset of dementia.

Staying active with social connections and intellectual activity while you age is another important step to reducing the risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s.

While there isn’t research to suggest that engaging in repetitive activities can help prevent dementia, if you live a healthy lifestyle and repetitively stay engaged with others in your community, you can help reduce your risks.

Visit The Memory Care Facility At Canterbury-On-The-Lake

If you or a loved one is in need of daily living assistance, visit our facility with a person-centered philosophy to help retain the skills that remain rather than focus on those that are lost. Being the only Detroit-area facility that utilizes the Heartfelt CONNECTIONS—A Memory Care Program®, your loved one will receive the best care possible.

We promote dignity and a sense of pride and self-worth in our residents that they won’t get anywhere else. Get the comfort you deserve knowing that your loved one is cared for and enjoying the best quality of life possible. Contact our team today to get started.