We know all too well that Alzheimer's is a disease that progresses to the point that the person suffering from it will no longer be able to live their life independently. They will need special care around the clock. Because patients lose their memory and cognitive ability at different rates, their care needs may change slowly or quickly. And because it can be hard to predict at what point they will need a certain type of care, choosing a nursing home that is capable of handling all stages of the disease is crucial to the wellbeing of your parent who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
There is a misconception that Alzheimer's is untreatable. While a cure has not yet been developed, there are medications and other treatment strategies that may help a person stay independent for a while longer and relieve some of the symptoms of the disease. The sooner you recognize the warning signs, the sooner you can get treatment and take steps to protect yourself or your loved one.