Sep 8, 2016 by Lulu Jensen
Is your mother or father’s sense of smell changing? Has their sight significantly diminished? Changes in sight and smell may be indicators of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies show that they may be symptomatic before memory issues are present. In home health care providers are now witnessing that these statistics are concurrent with what they have experienced with clients who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Eye studies indicate that the retinal lining is thinner when cognitive recognition is poor. Smell or odor recognition are diminished when the memory span is short or unrecognizable. In home health care providers agree that these senses seem to be impaired among the seniors they care for as well. They note that often adults with Alzheimer’s may not notice their body odor or the smell of rotting garbage in their kitchen.
Although research has shown these may be early indicators of the disease, there is not enough information to provide more detail about how to determine, correct or treat the disease based on these symptoms. However, researchers will continue to investigate and hopefully be able to identify and address these factors. In home health care providers continue to work with Alzheimer’s patients and their medical teams to assist with support and day to day care.
Statistically, 5.2 million people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. In home health care is a great source of support that provides respect to seniors who deserve to live their lives with dignity.