What is Dementia?

The word Dementia comes from two Latin words that mean “away” and “mind.” Dementia is a term that describes a group of symptoms that are present in multiple diseases and physical conditions. Dementia is characterized by a loss of cognitive processing to the point where it interferes with activities of daily living (ADLs), personal care, social interactions and family relationships. The term means a loss or an impairment of mental abilities in areas such as:

What is Dementia

  • Memory
  • Language
  • Judgment
  • Spatial abilities (such as getting lost)
  • Visual abilities

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative cognitive disease that typically has a gradual beginning. The rate of progression varies from person to person. The disease can last from 3 to 20 years after the time the first symptoms are identified. Alzheimer’s disease attacks the brain causing damage to the person’s thinking ability, memory, and behavior patterns.

Currently this disease affects an estimated 5.3 million Americans in the United States, so the chances are high that you do have a family member or know someone with the disease (Alzheimer’s Association, 2015). It is projected that the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease could reach 13.8 million by the year 2050.

Top-Rated Home Care and Support for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Patients

Dementia Helpers offers specialized home care and support services to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients throughout Chicago and the North Shore suburbs including both Cook County and Lake County. We provide our in-home dementia care and specialized memory care services to residents of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Grayslake, Gurnee, Highland Park, Fort Sheridan, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lincolnwood, Lincolnshire, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Round Lake Beach, Skokie, Vernon Hills, Wilmette and Winnetka.

We are backed with the resources of one of America’s largest and most trusted home care service organizations.