Do You Have an Elderly Loved Suffering From Alzheimer’s Disease? Take Time this Month to Learn More about the Disease.

Elder Care in North York– January is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

There are approximately 500,000 Canadians affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. This number will double in the next generation according to statistics. The Minister of Health, ‘The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq’ admonishes,Elderly Care North York

“As Minister of Health, I encourage all Canadians to take some time during Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, to learn more about the disease. Family members often mistake Alzheimer’s disease symptoms for depression or normal signs of aging. That’s why it’s important to be informed about the disease, and to know what support options are available.

To date, the Government of Canada has invested more than $176 million in research to find ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and its devastating effects on Canadians and our health system. In 2009-2010 alone, we invested close to $23 million. And we are currently working with Canada’s major neurological charities, and investing $15 million over four years, to increase our knowledge of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease.” http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/minist/messages/_2012/2012_01_03-eng.php

A person’s ability to feel, think, act and react to stimulation from the environment will all eventually be affected by the disease. Symptoms start out relatively mild and become more pronounced with time. Right now there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s disease but the growing body of evidence indicates there are benefits and protection from developing this disease by staying mentally and physically active. Basically an overall healthy lifestyle is the key to reducing your risks.

In the month of January, Canadians can educate themselves about what lifestyle changes they could make to put themselves on a healthier path and try to avoid the consequences of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada is located at Alzheimer.ca and contains a lot of helpful information.

For those who do develop the disease, early diagnosis is the key to prolonging the symptoms and having a better treatment outcome.

For your senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another mental or physical health challenge, hiring home care for the elderly is a great way to get the assistance your loved one needs. Services offered by home care include preparing meals, helping with grocery shopping, providing companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, personal and home care. The services can be individualized for meeting each person’s needs.

Family members can enjoy peace of mind knowing their beloved parent or grandparent is receiving the help they need on a daily basis, especially when they can’t be there with them due to other responsibilities such as work or family.

Contact us for elder care and companionship. For more information about elderly care services, call 905-709-1767.

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