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Spotlight: Living with Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia accounting for nearly 80 percent of dementia cases worldwide. Alzheimer’s disease was discovered little over a century ago, and to this day there is no cure or vaccine. In today’s blog, we will be learning a little bit about Alzheimer’s disease, and how out mobility chairs my positively affect the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s.

Types Of Alzheimer’s

  • Early-onset Alzheimer’s - While Alzheimer's is often associated with the elderly over the age of 65, young people can develop Alzheimer’s symptoms at the age of 40-50 years old. Up to 5 percent of Alzheimer's cases are a form of Early-onset Alzheimer’s. This variation of Alzheimer’s does, however, have some slight deviations from the norm, with links to chromosome 14, a part of the DNA that is responsible for a muscle twitching, a potential indication of underlying neurological disorders.

  • Late-onset Alzheimer’s - The most common of all Alzheimer’s deviations is the form of the disease that is most prevalent in those ages 65 and older. So far it is unclear to researchers why people get this neurological condition, as there is no known genetic connection.

  • Familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD) -  This is the only form of Alzheimer's disease that is known for certain to be linked genetically. Affected families have at least two family members in two generations with the disease. Familial Alzheimer’s accounts for as little as 1 percent of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide.

Symptoms Of Alzheimer's

As we get older, both our bodies and our brains age. While it is more than natural for slowed thought processes and the occasional forgetfulness, Alzheimer’s exhibits serious memory loss, confusion, and other major changes. Changes that may be a sign of Alzheimer’s usually include anything that may indicate a serious loss of brain cell function.

The most common and the first noticeable symptom is having difficulty remembering newly learned information because Alzheimer's tends to begin in the part of the brain that processes learning.  Once symptoms begin, more serious symptoms like disorientation, mood and behavior changes, deepening confusion, suspicions about the people around them and difficulty swallowing and walking will begin to manifest.

For Alzheimer’s patients, it is often hard to accept that they have a condition, as it is always easier for others to notice than for them to notice themselves, so it is important to be mindful of the patient in the early stages of diagnosis.  

Physical Limitations

When discussing neurological diseases, it is easy to visualize how the deterioration of the brain and memory would be the first stage after the disease latches on. Sadly, this mental deterioration eventually leads to physical limitations like loss of balance or coordination, stiff muscles, dragging feet when walking, trouble sitting and standing, muscle fatigue and weakness, changes in sleep patterns, trouble controlling both bladder and bowels and seizures and twitches.

Once Alzheimer’s begins to affect motor function and movement, one might find it difficult to move around in their own home with their newfound limited mobility. Solutions to dealing with mobility issues include different kinds of Alzheimer's care like physical therapy, as well as the need for a caretaker.

Dealing with the physical limitations of Alzheimer’s is difficult, and our mobility chairs are designed to help the caregivers of Alzheimer's patients stay safe and energized while ensuring that the patient maintains an independent feeling.

HomeCARE By ComforTek Mobility Assistance Chairs For Alzheimer’s

Here at HomeCARE Furniture by Comfortek, we have tailored our products to meet the various needs of both the Alzheimer's patient and the caregiver. We offer mobility assistance products that incorporate medically rated locking casters that won't scratch your floors like the Titan Castered 24” and the Titan Castered 30”. As well as caster chairs, we offer the same quality chairs in caster-less models like the Titan 24”, Titan 30” so that you may also be able to meet your needs for stationary bariatric chairs.

While stationary bariatric chairs are a necessary seating fixture for Alzheimer’s patients, we also make models that will make the life of a caregiver exponentially easier. Our line of mobility chairs allows the caregiver to move the patient with ease by utilizing a mobility assist lever.  This lever allows the caregiver to effortlessly lift the chair legs up above four non-marring floor guides with a quick push of the foot. A variety of styles are offered with the mobility assist lever like the Craftsman Assist, Titan REZ 20", Titan REZ 22". And if your patient or loved one has a chair that they are particularly fond of, don't worry because we have a Mobility Assist Kit that can make it your favorite chair too as the caregiver.

How HomeCARE By ComforTek Can Help

A HomeCARE by ComforTek Home Accessibility Furnishings, we are dedicated to making products that benefit both the Alzheimer’s patient and the caretaker, because we understand that every day is a struggle for both parties, just in slightly different ways. Please contact us if you have any questions about our products, and how they may be able to help you! Check out our mobility access chairs today!

At HomeCARE Furniture by Comfortek, we don't just build mobility equipment for the elderly and disabled, we actively want to help make a difference. Thanks for visiting our HomeCARE by ComforTek Blog! Join us for our next blog where we will be talking about Parkinson’s disease and how our products can help those affected by it.