Early Stage Dementia: What To Do

Recognizing Early Stage Alzheimer’s in the Washington DC area

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that affects each individual differently. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for roughly 80% of all new dementia diagnoses. Each stage of Alzheimer’s introduces symptoms that directly impacts the cognitive and functional abilities of the individual. In the early stage of the disease, symptoms are generally mild and may be difficult to notice. At this stage, the individual may functional independently with the ability to complete all of their own activities of daily living. However, they may begin experiencing frequent memory lapses or the inability to identify familiar words. Friends and family may notice the individual struggling with performing routine tasks or maintaining organization. During a medical examination, doctors may identify problems in memory or concentration. It can be helpful to involve Senior Care professionals, family and friends in the examination to provide their personal accounts of symptoms, as the individual may not be readily able to identify changes in themselves.

Common challenges in the Early-Stage of Alzheimer’s include:

  • Difficulties with planning or organization
  • Difficulties with recalling the right word or name for familiar objects
  • Difficulties with performing social or work tasks
  • Frequent memory lapses
  • Frequently losing or misplacing valuable objects
  • Difficulties with retaining new information
  • Difficulty following storylines
  • Deteriorating sense of direction

Once medical examinations are completed and an Alzheimer’s dementia diagnosis is received, it’s important to optimize the safety and quality of life of the individual. Caregivers and friends should provide the individual with support and empathy while preparing for upcoming challenges ahead. Senior Home Care professionals should discuss advance directives and preferred future plans of care with the individual, to ensure that their wishes are upheld when they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Take the time to carefully plan for comprehensive and holistic care which meets the entire needs of the individual– it’s the best way to honor their life and legacy. Finding holistic and comprehensive care in the Washington, D.C area can be challenging. However, care that is tailored to the needs of the individual and enhances their well-being is essential to ensuring longevity.


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Philia Featured Caregivers

Philia nannies and senior caregivers


Our Philia Nanny- Shelly

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?Caregiver-in-McLean-VA

Shelly loves spending time with her family and friends who Shelly is extremely close with. She loves taking her dog to the dog park. Her dog is more like her child 😉 And she also enjoys going to church on Sundays. Shelly is very strong in her faith. Always has been. Shelly also enjoys writing poetry and her newest interest is in photography.


What do you enjoy doing with your clients?

Shelly loves doing arts and crafts. Anything from coloring to sand art or water colors. Shelly likes anything outdoors where we can explore at playgrounds or nature walks.


What do you enjoy about caregiving?

Shelly has been working with kids for almost 18 years since she was in high school. She loves what she does. She started working in the church nursery then got her first job at a summer camp as a camp counselor. She was also a preschool teacher for two year olds. She got her first job as a nanny 10 years ago and fell in love with the one on one aspect. Shelly loves being a role model and teaching children and watching them grow. It is very fulfilling and being with children is very refreshing!



Our Philia Senior Caregiver in Washington DC- BeatriceCaregiver-in-McLean-VA

I grew up in a humble background in a Kenyan village. The circumstances under which we grew up taught us to appreciate, love and care for people whenever we had an opportunity to do so. Our parents always instilled in us the attitude of flexibility in all walks of life, they often said we needed it to survive anywhere. For that case I grew up loving people, being very flexible and always learned to be empathetic, imagining myself in their stead.
After my dad passed away I decided to be available and care for my ailing mother for a long time. I enjoyed taking care of her as a form of give back to the big sacrifice she made in our lives. My care for her potentially made a difference in her life, as I pitched in to do whatever was needful. This made me develop a desire to help others in this way. I like being physical in my job using my body as well as my brain. I feel that when I will be older I would want someone like myself there to help me, hence my motivating factor in treating people seniors and kids with uttermost care and abundant love.



If you or an aging loved one are considering  Nanny SERVICES IN MCLEAN, VA, or Senior Care In Washington dc please call the friendly staff at Philia today at 202-607-2525.


Boosting Your Loved One’s Brain Power

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You’ve no doubt hear the expression “use it or lose it.” That phrase could be used to apply to many circumstances in life, including using ourCaregiver-in-McLean-VA brain power.

If you’re the family caregiver for a loved one, or even if you have a professional agency providing senior care for them, but you still play an active role in their life, you may want to consider the benefits of them learning a new skill or hobby. You may even want to learn how to do something new with them. What a wonderful bonding experience that could be!

Keep their brain as active as possible can help ward off Alzheimer’s or other dementia and keep their brain finely-tuned and sharp as they progress through their senior years. If they already suffer from a form of dementia and are in the early stages, keeping the mind busy learning new things can help slow the disease’s progression down some.

We’re not talking about doing Sudoku or other types of puzzles (though those are good brain exercises, too). We’re talking about learning a brand new skill. Maybe it’s taking up gardening, or learning about and planting new things, if they’re already an avid gardener; perhaps it’s learning a new language or taking up birdwatching; it could be learning how to do oil painting or woodworking; even photography; you name it. Whatever it is, it should be something new.

Our brains benefit the most from a hobby or activity that is entirely new to us and uses different pathways in our brains that we normally use. One reason for that is because an older brain often has difficulty remembering things that were so second nature to it when it was younger, that no thought has to be given to doing something. Conversely, only those activities that are new and demanding are likely to keep the mind sharp into the senior years.

A study of 200 retired folks found that those who were taught a course where they learned something they’d never known or done before, had better memories after 12 weeks than those who were engaged in social events or things they’d done before.

So encourage your loved one to get involved in some new hobby or to learn a new skill—ideally something they’d be interested in; otherwise it won’t hold their interest. Not only would that not benefit them, you if you were doing it with them, you may end up learning the new skill all on your own, when the point was to learn something together.

At the end of the day, the better they take care of their brain power now, the better it will serve them later on.

If you or an aging loved one are considering CAREGIVER SERVICES IN MCLEAN, VA, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.