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Dementia

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When most people hear “dementia,” they automatically think of Alzheimer’s disease, which makes sense.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, which is the term that describes many symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills that reduces a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.

Alzheimer’s disease accounts for somewhere between 60 to 80 percent of the dementia cases, while vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common type of dementia.

Those stricken with dementia often have problems with their short-term memory, resulting in difficulty in remembering where they are going, where they put things, appointments, preparing meals, paying bills and other similar tasks and responsibilities.

Those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease may only have mild memory loss, but those in the late stages lose the ability to do most things and require a great deal of care.

Providing that care is particularly difficult, although some family members become primary caregivers. But, even with their best intentions to do so, it is often overwhelming and seeking professional care becomes a wise decision.

The compassionate staff at Hearthstone Communities recognizes how challenging and heartbreaking it can be to have a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s or other memory care disorders. Its Traditions offers a comforting alternative to home care.

Caregivers are trained to understand the unique challenges of memory loss, and are selected for their loving, compassionate and nurturing manners. The specially designed living area and way-finding features of Traditions help residents move throughout their home with confidence and dignity.

Without a doubt, Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease. It robs families of the real person they love, but you can preserve their dignity and help provide the best life possible for them despite the limitations caused by their disease by getting them the best care available.

Hearthstone Communities, 920 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098, (815) 338-2110

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