Queen City Hospice reports that according to the American Alzheimer’s Association’s publication titled 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, “Even people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease experience memory loss that disrupts daily life, challenges in planning or solving problems, difficulty completing familiar tasks, confusion with time or place, and other disruptions in their ability to function in the home. As the disease progresses, an affected individual needs help with basic activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, eating and using the bathroom. They are also likely to have complete loss of orientation in time and space, and they tend to wander or become lost. They may be unable to solve problems or make good judgments, and they may experience frequent bowel and bladder incontinence.”
Some of the risks for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia include:
- Inability to recognize their own cognitive impairment and therefore less likely to recognize dangerous situations or problems performing tasks that are critical for daily living
- Potential misuse of medications that may worsen cognitive function
- Increased risk of falls and injuries
- Potential financial mismanagement and susceptibility to scams and fraud
To learn more, download this free publication from the American Alzheimer’s Association titled 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.