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How Does Alzheimer’s Affect Different Types of Memory?

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One of the first symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss. As the disease progresses, various areas of the brain will be affected, impacting daily life. Here are the most common types of memory Alzheimer’s disease affects.

Short-Term Memory

The information your senior loved one was exposed to a few minutes or a few days ago could be forgotten after he or she has developed Alzheimer’s. The short-term memory is typically impacted in the early stages of the disease. Repeating questions over and over or doing the same action multiple times could be due to Alzheimer’s disrupting the short-term memory. Stress, exhaustion, and depression can cause more damage to the short-term memory in seniors with this disease. Make sure your loved one manages stress levels, gets plenty of rest, and participates in activities that enhance mood. 

If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, help is just a phone call away. There are many reasons seniors might need assistance at home. Some may require regular mental stimulation due to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, while others might only need part-time assistance with exercise and basic household tasks. Home Care Assistance is a leading Henderson senior home care provider. Families rely on our expertly trained caregivers to help their senior loved ones maintain a high quality of life.

Working Memory

Although short-term memory and the working memory can overlap, they aren’t the same. The information your loved one stores long enough to use is considered a part of the working memory. When seniors develop Alzheimer’s, they may face difficulty remembering information, even things they’ve just learned. As a result, they may have difficulty completing tasks. For instance, if your loved one finds a new place to store the house keys, he or she might forget where the keys are five minutes later. Retracing steps is often challenging to do when Alzheimer’s disease impacts the working memory. 

Aging adults who need help managing mental and physical health issues can benefit from the assistance of a highly trained professional caregiver. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional elderly home care. Henderson, NV, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Sensory Memory

Alzheimer’s can affect the entire brain, including the senses, and disrupt the ability to hear, taste, touch, smell, and see. As the disease progresses, seniors may not remember things they ate, even a few minutes after dinner was served. They may also forget what they saw, how things taste and smell, and any conversations that took place. Continue answering questions when your loved one asks about things he or she just experienced, and refrain from getting agitated. Remember the impact of Alzheimer’s is what causes sensory memory to disappear quickly.

Long-Term Memory

As Alzheimer’s progresses, it may eventually impact your loved one’s long-term memory, which can happen in two different ways. First, your loved one may lose the ability to store information in his or her long-term memory. The second issue is retrieving that information. In some cases, Alzheimer’s can impact both stored and retrieved data, depending on the state of the disease. However, there are steps seniors with Alzheimer’s can take to preserve their long-term memory for a little while longer, such as repeating new information multiple times and paying close attention when learning something new. They should also attach meanings to the things they learn and the people they meet.

Without the right assistance, Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors and their families to manage. If you’re looking for professional Alzheimer’s care, Henderson Home Care Assistance provides high-quality care aging adults and their families can count on. All of our hourly and live-in caregivers are trained to help seniors with Alzheimer’s live happier and healthier lives, and we also provide specialized dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. If your loved one needs professional care, Home Care Assistance is here to help. To hire a compassionate, dedicated Alzheimer’s caregiver, call us at (702) 527-7723 today.