Easing the Transition to Elder Care for Those with Alzheimer’s dementia

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            Getting old is inevitable. Some elderly people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. This is the progressive decline of cognitive function such as language, behavior, judgement, emotions and our ability to function with complex tasks. Once this disease progresses with an aging loved one, there is often need to assist them […]

How to Manage the Well-Being of the Person with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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  Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of symptoms that accompany a number of conditions that affect brain function. Dementia symptoms may include problems with speech, perception, cognitive skills or personality. Alzheimer’s disease is only one of the many conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia. Understanding and promoting proper care […]

Residential Care for the Elderly and Funding Options Available

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Residential Care for the Elderly – Funding Options While living at home is still a possibility for many elderly people, others find that it becomes more difficult to remain independent as they grow older. A residential care home facility can be a good way for older people to get the services they need in one […]

Lewy Body Dementia A Common Brain Disease Explained

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Learn about Lewy body dementia, a surprisingly common type of brain disorder that causes changes in the ability to think and move. The two main types—dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinsons’ disease dementia—differ in the earliest signs. This 40-page booklet helps people with LBD, their families, and professionals learn more about the disease and resources […]

Poorly Controlled Diabetes Could Lead To Dementia In The Elderly

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Researchers determined that the main reason why diabetic people age 60 and older scored low on a cognitive function test was because of improper management of their disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 16 million people in the United States have diabetes and about 800,000 new cases are diagnosed […]

Making the most of your visit to a loved one with Alzheimer’s

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Making the Most of Your Visit  Not being known by someone who is the center of your world; not being able to recognize the person you once idolized; seeing a completely new and strange person replace someone who was once so familiar to you – coping with the changes that the effects of Alzheimer’s can […]

The Experience of Kirsty Boden: and “Knowing when more Care Support is needed”

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by Kirsty Boden My grandfather suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most common types of dementia. As the years have gone on he has required increased levels of support to carry out all his daily activities, because the symptoms have become increasingly severe and more parts of the brain are affected. I think until […]

Dementia Behind the Wheel

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Dementia Behind the Wheel I almost feel like I’m on a soapbox today and don’t mean to be “preachy.” But Wait– maybe I do want to be “preachy.” I know for sure I want to be heard! In the last couple days, I’ve heard multiple family members profess their love for someone with dementia only […]

Is it Okay to Lie to Those with Alzheimer’s or dementia

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Honesty is NOT always the ‘best policy’ if you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s / dementia. I learned that lesson as caregiver for my Mom who passed away a few years ago. Though I knew the lie was inevitable, I still struggled with the idea of lying to my own mother. I think we […]

20 years Before Dementia Begins -Tangles and Plaques Found?

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An article from Bloomberg yesterday reports that Doctors at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital found that amyloid beta accumulates in the brain for 20 years before causing signs of dementia. In this study they followed 200 seniors for more than three years to chart any decline in cognition and brain size against the deposition of abnormal protein (excess amyloid […]