Does your older family member tend to nod off during the day? If so, new research suggests that it could be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. There are 5.8 million people in the United States with Alzheimer’s disease. It is a progressive disease that causes brain cells to die. As a result, the senior experiences a decline in thinking skills, memory, behavioral skills, and social skills that continue to worsen over time. Scientists continue to study the disease, hoping to learn things that could lead to a cure one day. This latest study offers insight that may help doctors to diagnose Alzheimer’s sooner, allowing for earlier treatment. 

Napping and Alzheimer’s Disease 

To learn whether napping during the day might be associated with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers examined the brains from 13 corpses of people who had had Alzheimer’s. They also looked at the brains of 7 people who didn’t have the disease.  

In the brains from Alzheimer’s patients, the researchers found that the three centers in the brain that help to keep people awake had a great deal of tau protein build up in comparison to the non-Alzheimer’s brains. In fact, those parts of the brain had lost approximately 75 percent of their neurons. The damage appears to start early on in the progression of the disease. 

Other Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease 

While more research is needed to determine if napping is definitely a sign of Alzheimer’s disease, there are other symptoms that can mean the onset of the disease. Some early symptoms include: 

  • Memory loss. 
  • Making poor judgements. 
  • An inability to be spontaneous and initiate activities. 
  • Completing regular tasks more slowly than in the past. 
  • Asking the same question over and over. 
  • Getting lost even in familiar places. 
  • Losing items often or putting them in strange places. 
  • Changes in personality. 

As the disease worsens, these symptoms will get worse and additional symptoms will appear. Language difficulties will occur, making it hard for the senior to communicate and to understand what others are saying. They will have increasing difficulty completing daily tasks until they eventually need help with everything as well as constant supervision. 

Home care services can assist the older adult and family caregivers as Alzheimer’s symptoms create increasing challenges. Home care services providers can stay with the older adult to supervise them when family caregivers are not available or even when they are around but just need some extra help. Home care services providers can do nearly everything that family members can for the senior, including baths, dressing, eating, and more. 

Sources: https://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20190812/too-much-napping-may-signal-alzheimers#1 

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-are-signs-alzheimers-disease 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20350447 

https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/facts-figures 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care Services in West Covina CA, talk to the caring staff at Cambrian Home Care today. (562) 498-1800 / (877) 390-4300.

 

 

 

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