Happy 4th of July from ASC!

4th of July in IndianapolisThe 4th of July is almost here, which means fireworks, picnics, pool parties, parades, and other fun summer festivities. The tradition of celebrating our country’s independence on July 4th dates all the way back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. It’s considered one of our most important national holidays and a symbol of patriotism. Fun fact: did you know that there are 59 places in the United States with the word “liberty” in their names? But there’s only one state that has the word Patriot: Patriot, Indiana, a small town in Switzerland County along the Ohio River.

4th of July in Indianapolis

If you’re looking for some fun thing to do in Indianapolis this 4th of July, you’ll find a plethora of events and activities to enjoy. Here are just a few ways to celebrate the 4th of July in Indianapolis:

  • 4th of July Picnic on Mass Ave: Enjoy a prime spot to view the fireworks display from the Regions Bank Tower on the 800 block of Massachusetts Avenue. You’ll be guaranteed a seat, as well as delicious food from Indiana’s famous Jug’s Catering Service. Also enjoy street performers, magicians, face painters and more! Fun for the whole family!
  • INDYpendence Day on Georgia Street: The INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer is back for a second year! Last year the event raised over $50,000 for the St. Francis Hospital Patience Assistance Fund and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Indiana. Enjoy a full day of music and fun, all for a good cause!
  • Fountain Square Music Fest: In the days leading up to the 4th of July, enjoy free music on the Fountain Square plaza each evening from 6:30-8 p.m. On the 4th, twelve Indianapolis acts and national acts will play on stages between Prospect Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue. Music lovers don’t want to miss this!
  • Firecracker Run/Walk 2015: Don your best patriotic outfit and lace up your running shoes for the 6th annual Firecracker 6-mile/6K Run/Walk through the streets of downtown Indianapolis. The event supports Hoosiers Helping Heroes, a nonprofit organization that prepares care packages for our troops overseas.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway: The Rolling Stones will be stopping right here in Indy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4th as part of their 15-city North American tour! Get your tickets and head to the racing spot of the world for a night of music with Mick and the gang.
  • Taste of Indy: If you’re hungry and looking for something to do the day after the 4th of July, this year’s Taste of Indy at White River State Park presents an amazing variety of food from local Asian, Greek, Mediterranean, American and Hispanic restaurants. There will also be live music and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!

However you choose to spend this 4th of July in Indianapolis, all of us here at American Senior Communities wish you a fun and happy July 4th!

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The Latest Alzheimer’s Disease Findings

Alzheimer's researchIt’s estimated that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease. This progressive brain disorder irreversibly destroys memories and thinking skills, and can make completing even the simplest of tasks impossible.

Symptoms usually first appear in adults age 60 or older, and will ultimately lead to death. In fact, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIH) Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, nor is there any way to prevent the development of the disease. However, more Alzheimer’s research is continually being conducted in the hopes that one day Alzheimer’s will be curable as well as preventable.

Alzheimer’s Research and News

Possible treatments for Alzheimer’s are being researched, and one major finding is that it seems as though prevention of the disease may be more possible than actually reversing or curing it. One of the main issues with Alzheimer’s research lies in the fact that for a study to be effective those at risk for developing the disease are required. Individuals at risk can be difficult to identify without expensive procedures like MRIs or PET scans.

Therefore, a first step in new Alzheimer’s research procedures involves studying noninvasive methods of determining who’s at risk. Medical News Today reports that a recent study is looking at 1,000 proteins in the blood of 212 subjects, using a protein biomarker discovery tool that measured a wide range of different proteins. The subjects’ cognitive abilities were assessed by a computerized test previously used for detecting early Alzheimer’s disease-related cognitive changes, which were then compared with the protein levels in their blood. The researchers found one protein marker is lower in the blood of individuals whose cognitive ability significantly declined over a 10-year period.

This was an important study, because if the biomarker can be identified as a factor in cognitive decline, other researchers can recruit these same at-risk individuals in their future studies.

Another recent discovery in Alzheimer’s research involved a study surrounding cognitive decline and an individual’s immune system. A study by a team from Duke University suggested that immune cells could be going rogue in the brain, which could be a contributing factor in Alzheimer’s disease. The team looked at blocking this process by using a drug, which was successful in preventing the formation of plaques in the brain.

Plaques in the brain, called beta-amyloids, are the most visible indication of Alzheimer’s in one’s brain. Most of the drugs tested previously were designed to target the accumulation of these plaques in the hope that if they were removed, symptoms of Alzheimer’s would improve. However, new evidence is suggesting that by the time the plaques have formed, irreversible damage has already been done. This is why more researchers are now turning away from the focus on the visible plaques in the brain, and attempting to learn more about the biological processes that could cause Alzheimer’s disease.

American Senior Communities provides care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. For more information about Memory Care through Auguste’s Cottage at American Senior Communities, please visit http://www.ascseniorcare.com/ac.

The Importance of a Good Night’s Sleep

Healthy Sleep Habits

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that older adults age 65 and up get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. However, some seniors might find that they can function perfectly well on 5-6 hours of sleep, while some may need as much as 9 hours to feel fully refreshed and ready to face the day.

Sleep, much like food, water and oxygen, is essential to survival.  Without restful sleep, seniors are more prone to accidents because they can become tired and inattentive. Sleep helps our bodies restore its energy level and improves our health and overall quality of life.

Aging and Sleep – What Changes?

As we age, our sleep patterns and needs change. Newborn babies and infants, for example, need as much as 18 hours of sleep per day. Adults generally need between 7 and 9 hours to feel rested and functioning properly. Seniors, however, tend to get less sleep than they need due to a variety of reasons that are still being studied and determined.

Seniors often have more trouble falling and staying asleep than younger adults. One study of adults age 65 and over found that 13 percent of men and 36 percent of women can’t fall asleep within a 30-minute timeframe. Plus, seniors tend to sleep less soundly and get up frequently throughout the night. Or, changes in sleep patterns can occur; some seniors get sleepy much earlier in the evening or wake up very early in the morning.

These changes can be due to a number of factors. First, seniors can be more sensitive to noises in their environment. It’s also possible that seniors produce less melatonin, the hormone that helps promote sleep. Certain illnesses, medications and psychiatric problems can also affect nighttime sleep in older adults.

Promoting Healthy Sleep Habits for Seniors

While the amount of sleep we need can change as we age, problems with sleeping are not part of the normal aging process. The first step in managing healthy sleep habits is to talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have. Sleep disorders can be treated with lifestyle changes, such as:

  • No more daytime napping. Sleeping throughout the day can make you less tired at night. Limit daytime naps, especially napping in the afternoons.
  • Establish a nightly routine. Every night, do the same things before you get into bed, whether this is enjoying a nice cup of decaffeinated tea, a warm bath, or settling down with a book or magazine. Let your body know that it’s time to wind down and get ready for sleep.
  • Limit electronics in the bedroom. The artificial light emitted by TVs, computers, tablets and cell phone screens can suppress production of melatonin and affect our circadian rhythms (our biological clock affected by sunlight), making it difficult to fall asleep.
  • Exercise regularly. Adding exercise to your daily routine will help you sleep more soundly. Just make sure you finish your workout at least three hours before bedtime.
  • Watch your diet. Avoid foods with high sugar content and caffeinated beverages later in the day.
  • Don’t stress about sleeping. If you’re unable to fall asleep after 15 minutes in bed, get up for a little while until you start to feel tired. Try not to worry about falling asleep immediately and stay relaxed. Your body will let you know when it’s ready for sleep.

For more information about American Senior Communities, please visit http://www.ascseniorcare.com/.

Strength Training Exercises for Seniors

Strength Training for Seniors

The importance of exercise for seniors cannot be stressed enough. Seniors who add exercise to their daily routines will become more independent and energetic, their moods will be improved and even symptoms of pain and illness will be better managed.

Cardio exercise like walking or swimming help get your heart rate up and will increase your endurance. However, strength training for seniors can help alleviate chronic pain and reduce the signs and symptoms of many diseases or conditions like:

  • Osteoporosis: Strength training for older adults helps increase bone density and can reduce the risk of fractures, especially in women aged 50-70 years old.
  • Arthritis: Clinical studies have shown that strength training can decrease arthritis pain by up to 43 percent – some found the effects of strength training as effective, if not more effective, than arthritis medications.
  • Obesity: Individuals with a higher muscle mass will have a higher metabolic rate as well. Since strength training increases metabolic rate, it’s immensely helpful for seniors to meet their weight-loss goals.
  • Balance: As we age, we can begin to encounter trouble with stability and balance. Strength training for seniors helps increase range of motion and flexibility, which leads to less debilitating falls.
  • Diabetes: A recent study showed that after 16 weeks of strength training, both men and women showed improvements in glucose levels that were comparable to the effects of medication. Plus, participants were stronger and lost a considerable amount of body fat.

Strength Training for Seniors – Exercise Tips

A small change in your muscle mass can make a noticeable difference in your strength, as well as improve your ability to do things like climb stairs or get in and out of a car. Strength training exercises will involve equipment like hand weights, resistance bands, or adjustable commercial cable machines you find at any fitness center.

Before you start any exercise regimen, make sure you have the green light from your doctor. When you first begin a strength training routine, start off slowly and make sure you find the right intensity level for your needs. It’s normal to feel slightly sore or fatigued for a few days after a workout, but the range in which you move your arms and legs should never hurt.

Start your strength training workout off with a good warm up that includes some stretching. As you work out, complete 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions while maintaining optimal form. Make sure your movements are controlled and steady. Wait about a minute between sets to give your muscles a brief rest.  When you’ve completed your workout routine, don’t forget to “cool down” by stretching your muscles again.

It’s important to work different muscle groups each day; for example, never work your arms two days in a row. You should wait 48 hours in between workouts to specific muscle groups. Instead, work your arms day one, and the next day work your legs or back muscles. Start off with light weights and gradually build up the weights. If you start off with too much weight, you can risk injuring yourself. However, it’s also important to remember to continue to challenge yourself to get the best benefits from strength training exercises.

American Senior Communities offers the New Energy Wellness program which provides a rich exercise and fitness program for seniors.  Please visit http://www.ascseniorcare.com/mf.

Can Some Lifestyle Choices Delay Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer's prevention
As of today, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, researchers and scientists are exploring the link between people’s choices regarding their lifestyle and Alzheimer’s disease to determine whether there are certain factors that can help delay cognitive decline.

Researchers are not only looking for a cure for Alzheimer’s, but also focusing on treatment and prevention strategies. Through a variety of studies, they’ve found that it may be possible to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by making healthy lifestyle choices.

Alzheimer’s Prevention through a Healthy Lifestyle

Studies have determined that leading a healthy lifestyle may directly help prevent or delay cognitive decline. It’s important to try to make brain-healthy choices, rather than trying to “fix” a brain after the damage has already been done.

Some of the best lifestyle choices to focus on that can help protect your brain include:

  • Add physical exercise to your daily routine. When you exercise, your brain cells become stimulated and your body produces endorphins, which can help improve your focus and your mood. If you’re already experiencing cognitive issues, regular exercise can help slow further deterioration.
  • Stimulate your brain often. Practice mental exercises like memorizing lists or challenging your brain to learn something new. Activities involving organization or multiple tasks, or even just completing a crossword puzzle or number game like Sudoku can provide a great mental workout.
  • Get a good night’s sleep. Quality sleep improves your ability to problem solve, as well as how you process, store and recall information. Ongoing sleep deprivation can increase your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, as deep sleep is critical for memory formation and retention.
  • Eat nutritious foods. There are compounds in certain foods that can aid in Alzheimer’s prevention. Like your body, your brain needs healthy foods to function at its best. Get plenty of fresh veggies, lean meats and healthy fats into your diet. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water! Dehydration has been known to cause confusion and fatigue, leading to more memory issues.
  • If you smoke, quit. If you’re over the age of 65, smoking can increase your chances for Alzheimer’s by up to 79%. When people quit smoking, the brain benefits from improved circulation almost immediately.
  • Manage your stress levels. Lowering the stress in your life can help lower inflammation in the body. A key memory area of the brain, the hippocampus, can shrink when you are under a heavy amount of stress, thus increasing your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Make relaxation a daily priority, whether it’s taking a walk, reading a good book or taking a yoga class.
  • Be active socially. An active social life means you’re connected to people around you, and the more connected we are, the better our memory and cognition can become. Keep your support system strong and continue to build and grow the relationships in your life.

For more information about memory care through Auguste’s Cottage at American Senior Communities, please visit http://www.ascseniorcare.com/ac.

Job Hunting Later in Life

best jobs for seniorsA recent study conducted by the AARP found that 80 percent of baby boomers will work beyond the standard retirement age of 65. It’s common for companies nowadays to encourage their employees to stay working longer, too.

As they reach retirement age, it doesn’t necessarily mean that seniors are planning on leaving the workforce altogether. Some seniors do decide to stay in their current positions, while others will use retirement as an option to switch careers or pursue a dream. Retirees will also continue working as a way to stay engaged in society or to support the kind of lifestyle they wish to lead.

Seniors offer a wealth of knowledge to the workforce, so many of them may decide to stay employed to add their valuable skills to their current companies. However, some seniors do retire, and perhaps several months or even a few years later, decide they’d like to head back to work.

Job searching can be somewhat intimidating for those who haven’t applied for a new position in many years, but there are many resources seniors can use to find that perfect job. Websites like Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com list available opportunities in any geographical region. Plus, there are other online resources aimed specifically at seniors, like RetirementJobs.com and Senior Job Bank.

The Best Jobs for Seniors

So, maybe you’d like to get back into the workforce, but aren’t sure what type of senior employment would best fit your needs. There are a lot of different types of jobs for seniors out there, though! Think about your specific skill set or maybe about the thing you’ve always wanted to do, but never previously had time to pursue. You should also take into consideration how much money you’d like or need to make for being employed once again to be worthwhile.

Some of the recommended jobs for seniors include:

  • Accounting Services: Many companies, especially smaller businesses or self-employed individuals, are looking for seniors who have experience with accounting, bookkeeping and tax preparation services.
  • Writing/Blogging: If you’ve got a bit of creative writing ability, starting a blog about your life experiences or giving helpful advice from your particular skillset can actually be a bit of a money maker! True, the majority of bloggers make less than $100 a month from their site, but if you know how to promote your blog and use Google AdSense to pull in some extra money from ads, it could be a fun side job to dabble in.
  • Retail: Jobs in retail stores generally don’t require any formal education, and offer a great way to be out and among people. Plus, you might even get a store discount!
  • Teaching Aide: If you enjoy being around children, consider helping out at a local elementary school. Teaching aides help grade papers or supervise recess and field trips, or even tutor individual students. You’ll most likely need a college degree and some on-the-job training for this type of position, but working with kids can be very rewarding!
  • Healthcare/Caregiving: Because so many baby boomers are approaching retirement age, the need for more healthcare professionals and caregivers will be on the rise. Office jobs like medical assistants and coding clerks require little training and can be a perfect part time senior employment opportunity. You could also consider becoming a home caregiver for someone who is aging in place in their home, but needs some help with daily tasks. American Senior Communities strongly believes in hiring older staff members at many of our communities. We recognize the many positive attributes these workers bring, and we recruit and attract those mature individuals.

For more information about American Senior Communities, please visit http://www.ascseniorcare.com/.

How Exercise Can Positively Affect your Brain

exercise and brain health
You should think of your brain as a muscle. Like other muscles in your body, the brain needs to get used often so it stays strong and limber. There are a number of brain exercises you can do to improve your memory and slow cognitive impairment, but did you know that physical exercise can also have a positive impact on the brain?

A number of studies have been conducted showing the positive correlation between exercise and brain health. Since memory decline is one of the major concerns of most aging adults, it’s important to pay attention to these findings.

Exercise and Brain Health

Experts have said that physical exercise may be one of the most cost-effective and beneficial ways aging adults can boost their memory performance. Exercise increases heart rate, which leads to more oxygen being pumped to the brain. It also helps release a variety of hormones that can provide a nourishing environment to promote the growth of new brain cells.

In general, any type of exercise that is good for your heart is good for your brain. Running, for instance, gives an antidepressant-like effect known as a “runner’s high,” which has been associated with new cell growth in the hippocampus, the key region of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Some of the best physical exercise for the brain involves activities that integrate both physical and mental aspects, like dancing. Dancing requires rhythm and coordination, along with memory for getting the steps in the right order.

Positive Effects of Physical Exercise for the Brain

Exercise not only keeps your body toned, but keeps your mind sharp and active, too. Here are just a few ways exercise and brain health go hand in hand:

  • Memory improvement: Since exercise increases blood flow to the brain, your memory gets a good boost. A recent study showed that after exercising, participants did about 15 percent better on memory and attention tasks. Aerobic exercise can even repair damaged brain cells!
  • Reducing stress: Exercise can help prepare you for the normal stresses in your day and help you react better in tense situations. When you’re feeling anxious and stressed out, get to the gym and work off those nerves.
  • Alleviating depression: Exercising not only can boost your memory, but it can boost your mood, too. Researchers found that exercise can treat major depressive disorders almost as well as medications. Adding daily exercise into your life can bring antidepressant effects to those suffering from depression.
  • Staying focused on your goals: When you start an exercise plan, it requires focus and determination to see results. Once you see results, you may develop an ability to follow through with other tasks, too – especially those that require long-term effort.

Get started with an exercise routine as soon as possible to see the benefits on your body and your brain. You’ll feel better physically and mentally, and can start to reduce the concerns you have about memory loss and decreased cognitive function.

For more information about American Senior Communities, please visit http://www.ascseniorcare.com/.

5 Ways to Control Diabetes

How to Control Diabetes
Learning how to control your type 2 diabetes is key to improving your health and living an active life. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder, affecting the body’s ability to use insulin effectively. Insulin is an important hormone that enables blood sugar in the cells of the body to be converted into energy. So, when insulin is not getting used properly, it results in an elevated amount of sugar in the blood which can damage the body.

When you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you’ll need to monitor your blood sugar, eat healthy, get regular physical activity and take the proper medications. You’ll also need to make sure you’re maintaining regular appointments with your physician.

How to Control Diabetes in 5 Easy Ways

Proper diabetes management might seem overwhelming, but there’s actually a lot you can do to control it. Here are five easy ways to ensure you’re correctly managing your diabetes:

  • Keep an eye on your blood sugar. Monitor your blood sugar levels at different times of the day and keep track by writing down the numbers. You should also have your A1C tested at least twice a year. Along with your blood sugar, monitor your lipid levels and blood pressure to lower your risk of heart disease.
  • Make smart food choices. Think about what you’re about to put in your body before you eat it. Your meals should be a good balance of non-starchy vegetables and smaller portions of starchy foods like bread or rice. Start reading labels and weighing your food to learn how much you’re actually eating.
  • Increase your physical activity. It’s recommended to get your heart rate up for 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week. If you’ve been sedentary, talk to a doctor before beginning any physical activity and start off slowly. Even just three ten minute walks per week will help, and you can gradually increase the length of time. Or, find a class that’s right for your fitness level.
  • Lower your stress. Stress can affect your body physically by adversely affecting your blood sugar levels. Plus, stress can lead to poor eating habits. Learn how to decompress and relax through deep breathing exercises or meditation.
  • When in doubt, ask questions. If you’re just learning how to manage diabetes, seek the advice of healthcare professionals. Your doctor should work with you to create goals for your blood sugar levels and prescribe medications that can help keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. Be open to suggestions for proper diabetes management.

Managing Diabetes Daily

A few small changes in your daily routine can lead to properly managing your diabetes. Living a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, and especially those with diabetes. Reduce the risk of complications from diabetes by taking certain precautions and making healthy living part of your routine.

For more information about American Senior Communities, please visit http://www.ascseniorcare.com/.

Cataract Awareness Month 2015

Cataract Awareness Month 2015According to Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, more than 24 million Americans suffer from cataract, a clouding of the eye’s lens which blocks the passage of light into the eye. In order to better educate the public about this condition of the eye, the organization declared June as Cataract Awareness Month.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. However, unlike other eye diseases, surgery can be performed to restore vision loss due to cataracts. While getting a cataract is fairly common among older adults, it doesn’t have to lead to permanent vision loss.

Cataract Symptoms and Prevention

More than half of all Americans will have cataracts by the time they are 80 years old. While the exact cause of a cataract is unknown, it’s thought to be a condition that comes along as part of the normal aging process. However, sometimes young people or even newborn babies can get a cataract.  Still, 95% of cataracts are age-related and usually appear on those past the age of 40.

Some cataract symptoms include blurred vision or a feeling like there is a film over your eyes. You may find it difficult to see in dim light or feel blinded by bright lights. Changing eye prescriptions often and not feeling a difference in your vision from doing so can also be a symptom of a cataract. Sometimes, you can even see the cataract in your eye; you’ll notice a yellowish or milky spot on your pupil.

In order to prevent cataracts, you should be aware of the risk factors for them. These risk factors include certain diseases like diabetes or eye diseases, previous eye injuries, genetics, long-term exposure to intense heat or UV rays from the sun, smoking or steroid use. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating leafy green vegetables and exercising regularly can help prevent cataracts. The main key to preventing vision loss is scheduling regular eye exams throughout your life.

Surgery for Cataracts

Cataracts can form in both eyes, but often not at the same time. Cataract surgery is actually one of the most commonly performed procedures in the country and has a 95% success rate. According to Prevent Blindness, more than two million cataract surgeries are performed every year in the United States. These surgeries have successfully restored vision to many, many people.

Doctors usually won’t remove cataracts from both eyes at the same time. Separate procedures will be scheduled for each eye a few weeks apart.  The recovery period includes some mild irritation and sensitivity to light for a short amount of time. Most people can resume normal activities quickly after surgery, seeing an improvement to their vision as soon as the next day!

Even if you are currently not experiencing any problems with your vision, make sure you maintain your annual eye exam appointments, especially if you are age 65 or older.

For more information about American Senior Communities, please visit http://www.ascseniorcare.com.

The Physical Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Physical Symptoms of Alzheimer'sMemory loss is probably the most common symptom people think of when they hear the words “Alzheimer’s disease.” Or, effects like confusion and agitation may come to mind. However, some physical symptoms are also associated with Alzheimer’s disease – sometimes even before the mental symptoms appear.

While some of the physical symptoms of Alzheimer’s may show up early in some, in others these effects may not occur until the middle stages or later stages of the disease. No two patients generally show the same types of physical changes, but one thing is clear: as the physical symptoms increase, the care needed can become more challenging and time-consuming for the caregiver.

Common Alzheimer’s Physical Symptoms

Some of the physical symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:

  • Mobility issues: Your loved one may begin having problems with coordination and will need to use a walker or cane to avoid a fall. You may notice rigid muscles or tremors, too.
  • Repeating the same action: Repetitive behaviors like opening and closing a drawer, continually checking that a door is locked, or filling a pet’s food bowl over and over again are all symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Those with Alzheimer’s tend to forget they’ve just completed a task.
  • Poor hygiene: If your loved one was always well-kempt, you may start to notice that they aren’t taking good care of their personal hygiene. This may be due to forgetfulness as well, or it could be that they have become apathetic about their appearance. They also may wear the same clothes many days in a row.
  • Apraxia: Apraxia is defined as “the impairment to perform pre-programmed motor skills.” Those with Alzheimer’s disease may have trouble with tasks like brushing their teeth or using the remote control for the TV, all things they’ve previously been able to accomplish with no issues.
  • Lack of energy: Many Alzheimer’s patients take frequent naps throughout the day. This may be due to the fact that they have lost interest in their lives and have become inactive or lethargic. Changes in the brain can cause a lack of motivation and drive, which leads to feeling fatigued and the feeling of needing more sleep.
  • Trouble sleeping: Alzheimer’s disease often causes sleeping problems or changes to a person’s sleep cycle. Again, these changes in sleeping habits vary from person to person, but in general, those with Alzheimer’s tend to have trouble sleeping through the night. They also may experience Sundowners Syndrome and become more agitated during the evening hours.
  • Wandering or getting lost: When someone with Alzheimer’s begins wandering, they are usually in the later stages of the disease. However, it can occur on a milder level in the beginning stages. Your loved one may experience a desire to walk away or be somewhere else, and may find him or herself getting lost in familiar places.

Many of these symptoms can be directly related to the aging process. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so pay close attention to your aging loved one and if you are concerned, make an appointment with a physician.

For more information about Memory Care through Auguste’s Cottage at American Senior Communities, please visit http://www.ascseniorcare.com/ac.

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