November is national Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer's Disease is the main form of dementia, however there are many forms of dementia with each one progressing differently in individuals. There are three stages of Alzheimer's. The first is mild, in this stage individuals may still be able to drive, work, or participate in social activities. During this time individuals may start to experience trouble remembering names of new people, misplacing valuable items, or trouble planning or organizing. The second stage is moderate, this stage can last for many years. As this stage progresses individuals may require a higher level of care. The individual may become moody, trouble controlling bowel and bladder, and changes in sleep patterns with wandering and becoming lost. The third stage is severe, during this time individuals lose the ability to carry on conversation, experience changes in physical ability, and become more susceptible to infections. Again, no two individuals experience the same progression with dementia. As the disease progresses, to ensure your loved ones' safety different placement may become necessary. We want to ensure that your loved ones receive the best care possible. There are many support groups and informational websites that are available at no cost for those who have loved ones with Alzheimer's or Dementia. New Hampton has a support group at the public library on the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm. There is also the Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter. Their website is www.alz.org/eci and their phone number is 319-277-4100. If we can be of any assistance or if you know of someone who needs assistance, please call the facility, and we will do our best to assist them.
Hayley & Kristina