Alzheimer's Care in Rochester: What is Early Onset Alzheimer's?

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Posted: 3/5/2019 9:51 AM by Interim HealthCare

When you think of Alzheimer's disease, what comes to mind? More likely than not, you picture something like an elderly relative struggling to remember which grandchild is which. However, Alzheimer's disease can present differently with each individual, and it can even affect people at a much younger age than most of us think. In fact, hundreds of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with a condition called Early Onset Alzheimer's, which sets in before they're 65 years old. Interim HealthCare of Rochester provides personalized Alzheimer's care for clients with various forms of dementia, including Early Onset Alzheimer's, so we can provide the exact support each family needs.

Identifying Early Onset Alzheimer's 

Alzheimer's disease is widespread enough that many people know to look for signs of it when they see their older friends and family members. However, how often do you look for signs of cognitive decline when you're chatting with loved ones who are in their 40s or 50s?

The next time you're interacting with friends or family in this age group, consider the following general behaviors:

  • Avoiding loved ones and withdrawing socially. Early Onset Alzheimer's could cause someone to pull away from their social lives. A loved one with Early Onset Alzheimer's may not participate as much in conversation as they used to.
  • Losing track of what has been said. Early Onset Alzheimer's can have a noticeable effect on short-term memory retention, so someone you love may not be able to keep track of details they've just learned in a conversation.
  • Getting disoriented. Many details can get a little hazy as we get older, but someone with dementia may start to feel more confused or disoriented, possibly forgetting where they are, what day it is, or how they got somewhere.

Learn About Alzheimer's Care in Rochester

Our care professionals have gone through a 5 part extensive training featuring Teepa Snow. This training covers instruction on both dementia as a whole and Alzheimer's specifically, as well as training on caregiving. Some of the objectives covered in this course include:

  • Understand what brain failure is
  • Identify expected losses during Alzheimer's
  • Understand speech changes and visual changes
  • Identify new ways to care for these patients
  • Understand Alzheimer's temper and hurtful words

This program is only complete upon the caregiver passing a final exam. Once training is complete, our care professionals can assist families in the following ways:

  • Reminding clients about medication they need to take, important appointments, and other events
  • Taking care of basic household chores to support family caregivers
  • Creating a stable and supportive environment as our clients and their families process the diagnosis

To find out more about our Alzheimer's care and other home health services in the Rochester, MN region, call Interim HealthCare of Rochester today at (507) 200-1111. We're here to listen to your concerns about your loved one's condition and help you make the best choice for their ongoing comfort and safety. Our services are available in Rochester, Lake City, Red Wing, Winona, Dodge Center, and Cannon Falls. 

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