One in 10 people age 65 and older live with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.
Although current treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
Active retirement communities like Heritage Woods of Yorkville offer many amenities that aid in the prevention of dementia.
Heritage Woods of Yorkville is the only supportive living community in Kendall County and offers an activity room, exercise room, library, patio, garden, and several lounges to provide a safe and comfortable environment.
The Alzheimer’s Association compares typical age-related changes to signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Although it’s not uncommon to miss a monthly payment as one gets older, the inability to manage a budget or completing daily tasks is a sign of dementia.
Losing track of the date or season is another symptom of Alzheimer’s, compared to forgetting which day it is and remembering it later, which is a more common trait in older adults.
People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation and struggle with vocabulary, although sometimes having trouble finding the right word is a typical age-related change.
Misplacing things from time to time, with the ability to retrace steps to find them is also common as someone ages. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places and is unable to go back over their steps to find them again.
An early diagnosis can allow a person the opportunity to function independently with the disease and be part of social activities.
Heritage Woods of Yorkville, an Assisted Lifestyle Community for the Older Adult, 242 Greenbriar Road, Yorkville, IL 60560, 630-882-6502, www.gardant.com/heritagewoodsyorkville