Memory loss is a dehabilitating condition which affects more than 5 million Americans and is especially prevalent among the elderly. Older adults who suffer from memory loss may experience mood swings, disorientation and confusion. Ordinary tasks such as bathing, cooking and cleaning can eventually become overwhelming. People with memory loss or dementia — which is often caused by Alzheimer’s disease — may become lost in their own homes or neighborhoods, or have trouble recognizing longtime friends and family members. Memory loss can be frustrating and emotionally devastating for everyone involved.
The unique needs of people with severe memory loss are difficult for many treatment facilities to accommodate. Nursing homes and assisted living centers often lack the security and monitoring to ensure the safety of dementia patients. Assisted living facilities are adequate for patients with mild symptoms of memory loss, and nursing homes have the structure, programs and personnel to help patients with more moderate cases of dementia.
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