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Senior Care Awareness: Advanced Tests Making Strides in Detecting Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Hobe Sound, FL

Alzheimer's CareA diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be one of the most frightening and overwhelming experiences you can encounter in your senior care journey with your elderly loved ones. This progressive disease is the most common form of dementia and can lead to cognitive and functional decline that can leave seniors in need of care and assistance 24 hours a day. While no one wants to hear that their seniors have Alzheimer’s disease, getting a diagnosis as early as possible is important to getting your aging loved ones on an appropriate care and management path. This plan will address their individual needs and give them the best chances of maintaining their independence, dignity, and quality of life for longer. Because early intervention is so important, the ability to detect the disease as early as possible becomes all the more crucial.

Early detection can make a dramatic difference in the progression and experience of Alzheimer’s disease. While there is currently no cure that will stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease permanently, or prevent the disease from occurring in the first place, there are measures that can slow the rate of progression and maximize the cognitive abilities of seniors who are on the progressive journey with the disease.

Advances in medical technology are making it possible to detect the potential signs of Alzheimer’s disease earlier in the disease than ever, allowing doctors to start interventions before extensive brain damage occurs so that these seniors can take control of their health now and in the future.

The most common forms of testing for Alzheimer’s disease are PET scans, lumbar fluid tests, and basic cognitive evaluations. These tests, however, are not always accurate, and the cost can be prohibitive. The goal for many in the research industry is to find a simple, accurate, and cost-effective diagnostic approach that will allow more families to identify cases of Alzheimer’s disease early on so that seniors can live the high quality of life that they deserve even while progressing through dementia.

In 2014, a groundbreaking study through Oxford University and Kings College took strides toward achieving that goal. This study involved the careful examination of blood from just under 1150 individuals. These individuals fell into three categories: Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, and no impairment. Through this examination, the scientists were able to identify 16 proteins closely linked to the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This allowed further evaluation that showed those with mild cognitive impairment tended to have lower levels of 10 of these proteins.

Through this discovery, the scientists believe that a blood test can be used to predict the eventual progression of cognitive decline to Alzheimer’s disease with up to 87 percent accuracy. This is a tremendous step forward in the fight to find effective treatments that will boost and preserve quality of life for elderly adults with Alzheimer’s disease.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring private Alzheimer’s care in Hobe Sound, FL, contact the caring staff at Family Private Care. Call today (855) 465-0611.

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Deborah Irvine

Deborah Irvine and her husband reside in Martin County Florida. She has been married for 30 years and is the mother of two daughters. Deborah completed her nursing degree at Palm Beach Community College in 1986 and is a Registered Nurse. She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Hobe Sound Bible College. Deborah worked for 9 years at Martin Memorial Hospital as a Medical/Surgical Nurse and then went into Home Health care, working for two years at a Medicare Home Health company. In 1997 Deborah went to work at Family Private Care where she started as an Independent Contractor nurse, and was soon promoted to the Director of Nursing, then became their General Manager and currently serves as Family Private Care’s President.

Deborah is a member of the Private Care Association and thereby stays involved in the political process both state-wide and national as it pertains to Nurse Registries and home care issues.

Deborah was appointed by the Commissioners of Martin County in 2005 to the board of the Treasure Coast Health Care Council where she served two terms.

Deborah has been committed to the Martin County community by serving in various roles through her church from being involved with children’s ministry through a Bus Ministry program in Indiantown to serving as a Sunday School teacher to Junior High children. Deborah continues to work with and actively supports a myriad of local community organizations.