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About the disease:

What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term describing symptoms affecting memory, cognitive function, and daily activities. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of dementia, accounting for 60% to 80% of all dementia cases.
Where does Alzheimer's disease begin in the brain?
Alzheimer’s disease primarily begins in the brain's hippocampus, a region crucial for memory formation. As the disease progresses, it spreads to other areas, affecting cognitive functions such as language, reasoning, and perception. The accumulation of abnormal protein deposits, specifically beta-amyloid plaques and tau tangles, is a hallmark of Alzheimer's pathology.
What are the early signs of Alzheimer's disease?
Early signs of Alzheimer’s disease include memory loss, difficulty in problem-solving, challenges completing familiar tasks, confusion with time or place, and changes in mood or personality. These symptoms may start subtly and progress over time, often leading to disruptions in daily life.
What are the stages of Alzheimer's disease?
There are three distinct stages of Alzheimer’s disease. There is the early or mild stage, middle or moderate stage, and late or severe stage of Alzheimer’s disease. In the early stages, individuals experience memory loss. The moderate stage of Alzheimer’s can contribute to an increase in memory loss, such as difficulties remembering their loved ones. The severe stage or late stages of Alzheimer’s involve a considerable decline in cognitive abilities, leading to a loss of communication skills, motor function, and, ultimately, the ability to perform basic activities of daily living.
What are the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?

There are several notable symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Language difficulties
  • Mood swings
  • Decline in reasoning abilities.

As the disease progresses, individuals may encounter difficulties with motor skills and personality changes and eventually require assistance with daily tasks.

What are the causes of Alzheimer's disease?

The exact causes of Alzheimer’s disease are not fully understood, but age, genetic factors (such as the presence of specific genes like APOE), and family history are considered risk factors. Abnormalities in the brain’s proteins, beta-amyloid and tau, form plaques and tangles, disrupting
communication between neurons and leading to cell death.

What is early-onset Alzheimer's disease? What if any factors play a role in some individuals acquiring the disease at a much younger age than others?

Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease refers to cases where symptoms manifest before the age of 65. Genetic mutations, such as those in the APP, PSEN1, and PSEN2 genes, can contribute to the early onset of the disease. Other factors, including lifestyle, environmental influences, and a combination of genetic predispositions, may also play a role in why some individuals develop Alzheimer’s at a younger age than others. Research is ongoing to understand these factors further and improve early detection and intervention strategies.

Effects of dementia on people

How common is Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a prevalent cause of dementia, constituting the majority of cases worldwide.

Is Alzheimer's disease hereditary? Is Alzheimer's disease genetic?

While Alzheimer’s has a genetic component, it’s not solely determined by genetics; environmental factors also play a role in its development.

If I forget things often, does this mean I have dementia?

Regular forgetfulness doesn’t necessarily indicate dementia, but a healthcare professional should assess persistent memory issues for an accurate diagnosis.

A family history of Alzheimer’s may increase the risk, but it doesn’t guarantee an individual will develop dementia; environmental factors also contribute.

If someone in my family has dementia, does this mean I will get dementia too?

While having a family member with dementia increases the risk, it doesn’t assure that an individual will also develop the condition.

How does Alzheimer's disease affect the family?

Alzheimer’s can strain families emotionally, alter roles, and increase caregiving responsibilities, impacting the overall family dynamic.

Can a person die from dementia?

Dementia itself doesn’t directly cause death, but complications related to the condition can lead to life-threatening situations.

Can I get dementia if I'm under 65?

Although less common, dementia, including early-onset cases, can occur in individuals under 65. Regular evaluation is essential for accurate diagnosis.

Is Alzheimer's disease more common in men or women?

Alzheimer’s disease is more common in women than in men. Women are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and this gender difference persists across various populations and age groups.

Understanding Alzheimers and Dementia related Diseases:

Is there a cure for Alzheimer's disease?

Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms and improving quality of life.

Is there a way to prevent Alzheimer's disease?

No specific prevention method exists, but adopting a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, may help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

How does dementia affect different races or ethnic groups?

Alzheimer’s can affect all races and ethnic groups. However, research suggests a higher prevalence in some populations, including African Americans and Hispanics.

Which races or groups does Alzheimer's disease more often affect?

Alzheimer’s can affect all races and ethnic groups. However, research suggests a higher prevalence in some populations, including African Americans and Hispanics.

Who can diagnose Alzheimer's disease?

Healthcare professionals, such as neurologists or geriatricians, can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease based on a comprehensive evaluation, including medical history, cognitive assessments, and sometimes imaging tests.

Is there an increase in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease? If so, why?

There is an increasing trend in Alzheimer’s diagnoses, partly due to an aging population and improved awareness and diagnostic methods. Advances in medical understanding also contribute to more accurate identification of cases.

What if I need Help

When should I (we) starting looking for help/services for my love one?

You should seek help and services for your loved one when you notice signs of cognitive decline or difficulties in daily activities. Early intervention can enhance the quality of care and support.

What is a Dementia Directive?
A Dementia Directive or living will, outlines an individual’s preferences for medical care if they cannot express them due to dementia. It is crucial to ensure that their wishes regarding healthcare and quality of life are respected.
Why do I need a Dementia Directive?
A Dementia Directive or living will, outlines an individual’s preferences for medical care if they cannot express them due to dementia. It is crucial to ensure that their wishes regarding healthcare and quality of life are respected.
If I know someone living with dementia, is there anything I can do to help them?

Supporting someone with dementia involves providing understanding and patience and creating a safe environment. Educating yourself about the condition, maintaining regular communication, and assisting with daily tasks can also be beneficial.

Where can I find financial help for people with Alzheimer's disease or their caregivers?

Caregivers can explore financial assistance for Alzheimer’s patients through government programs, nonprofit organizations, and local support groups. These resources may offer financial aid, respite care, or other forms of assistance.

What resources are available to me and my family?

Numerous resources are available, including Alzheimer’s associations, support groups, and educational programs. These can provide information, emotional support, and guidance on managing the challenges associated with dementia.

When should I consider placement vs keeping my loved one at home?

The decision to transition to memory care or assisted living depends on the individual’s safety, well-being, and the family’s ability to provide necessary care. Factors such as the progression of dementia and the caregiver’s capacity are crucial considerations.

What should I do if I suspect or think my loved one has dementia?

If you suspect dementia, consult a healthcare professional promptly. A comprehensive evaluation can help determine the cause of symptoms and guide appropriate care and support.

After a diagnosis of dementia, when should we start planning around health care, and end-of-life planning?

Planning for healthcare and end-of-life considerations should commence as soon as possible after a dementia diagnosis. When planning healthcare or end-of-life, this includes discussing preferences for care, legal matters, and establishing a support network for the individual and their caregivers. Early planning ensures that the person’s wishes are honored and reduces stress for the family.

Hearts for Dementia Services and Support

What makes Hearts for Dementia different than other agencies?
  • We offer an integrated dementia care model for people with dementia and their family
    caregivers. Our comprehensive services include mental health support services, dementia
    education, support groups, and home care.
  • Our mission and focus are person-centered, supporting people with dementia and their
    family caregivers.
  • Our Nurse Practitioner and Dementia Expert provides clinical oversight of our integrated
    care model.
How do I schedule services?

You may request a consultation by telephone or complete the form on the website.

What does Hearts for Dementia do for People with Dementia?
We are your one-stop-shop in Dementia Care. We offer an integrated care model for people with dementia and their family caregivers. Our services include home care and mental health services for people living with dementia. 90% of people with dementia suffer from behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.
  • Our mental health services include mental health evaluations, psychiatric medication management, and supportive psychotherapy.
  • Family caregivers have access to mental health services, support groups, and education. When family caregivers feel supported, quality of life improves for individuals with dementia allowing them to remain at home longer.
  • Our home care services are overseen by our Nurse Practitioner and Dementia Expert.
  • Our staff caregivers are experienced in dementia care. 95% of our caregivers have direct care experience with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.
What types of services do you provide?

Home care Services-Dementia Care, Transitional Care, Veterans Care, Companion Care, Respite Care, Post Surgery Assistance, End of Life Care, 24-Hr Care, Medication Reminders.

Mental Health Services-Initial Psychiatric Evaluation, Psychiatric Medication Management, Telemedicine, Supportive Psychotherapy

Cognitive Testing
Support Groups
Dementia Education

What types of training do you provide to your staff?
Staff receive one-on-one training based on your loved ones' needs to tailor and personalize care. They also receive training from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.
What types of education do you provide to families?
We offer Dementia Education on our website. We also offer a Support Group that incorporates Dementia Education.
What areas do you serve?
We service Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County.
How are cost determine?

The cost of home care services is determined based on the care recipients level of care. Care recipients, who receive funding from AHCCCS and Triwest, are determined by the insurance payor.

The cost for mental health services is based on a set rate or determined by your insurance payor (i.e., Medicare, BCBS, Cigna, United Health Care, and Aetna).

How long does it take to start services?
Typically, 48 hours after the contract is signed. If requested, it is possible to commence care sooner based on location and the care recipient’s needs.

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