A new, national survey sheds light on the difficulties felt by America’s Alzheimer’s disease (AD) caregivers.
By: Scott Eckstein
We are all in denial about something at some point in our lives. The dictionary defines denial as "the refusal to admit the truth or reality." My favorite definition is "the negation of logic."
Want to stay on top of your game mentally? Try these 10 fun brain health activities to ward off cognition problems.
By: Julie Davis
Caregiving for a loved one with one medical condition is stressful enough. When you’re helping someone manage both Alzheimer’s and incontinence, you need targeted strategies.
By: Julie Davis
As a source of information and support, the Alzheimer’s Association provides invaluable services to people with AD and caregivers who are faced with significant challenges on a daily basis and is known for its commitment to educating families about keeping people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia safe, active and independent for as long as possible.
By: Douglas Scharre
The Ohio State University memory disorders researcher and Parentgiving adviser Dr. Douglas Scharre and his team confirmed the effectiveness of their SAGE test, a 15-minute cognitive assessment test you can give yourself at home. Find out how it works.
By: Steve Barlam
Preventing seniors with Alzheimer's from wandering is key to protecting them. Know the 6 signs that wandering could be imminent.
If your loved one with Alzheimer’s still lives at home, take these Alzheimer’s safety steps to prevent wandering.
By: Kathy Johnson
Given the seriousness of their symptoms, people with Alzheimer’s often require around the clock care. But their caregivers need assistance, too.
Walnut Village is a full-service Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) that officially opened in October 2009 in Anaheim, CA.
Caring for an ailing loved one can be exhausting—physically, mentally and emotionally—especially for spouses who may be aging as well.
Minimizing household dangers and providing safe home health care for dementia patients can be simple and effective with proper preparation.
By: Chris Iliades
For now the best way to treat Alzheimer's may be with drugs like Aricept that increase chemical messengers in the brain, but what if a treatment could use the body's own defenses to remove the protein that causes Alzheimer's from the brain before it damages nerves cells?
By: Chris Iliades
Did you know that after reaching the age of 85 your chance of having Alzheimer's disease is almost 50 percent? As the baby boomer generation becomes the senior generation, the number of people with Alzheimer's disease is expected to rise.
By: Crystal Roberts
Anyone who has a family member that lives with Alzheimer’s disease can tell you this is not a disease that affects just one person—it affects the whole family.
This software company was established in 1999 and is based in Israel. CogniFit offers a program called "Personal Coach" that creates a brain fitness program for you based on a 45-minute baseline assessment. After this assessment the program designs a series of brain exercises to strengthen your areas of weakness.
Based in Mountain View, California, this company offers entertaining games that are designed by neurologists and neuroscientists. HAPPYneuron says that its game users have shown significant brain performance improvement when compared to non-users. The games are designed to stimulate attention, language, memory, visual-spatial skills and executive function.
By: Julie Davis
With the increasing number of people falling victim to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, new and innovative ways to care for patients has become a priority, especially in dementia care facilities.
By: Scott Eckstein
Assisted Living Community. To some, these words don’t sound or represent a place where people are active. But, actually, they are. From our standpoint, we look at activities as an opportunity to engage our residents in meaningful activities for mature adults.
The holidays are a time for families to gather and celebrate generations coming together to enjoy each other’s company. Though for those caring for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, this time of year can bring increased anxiety as they strive to create a calm holiday environment while keeping family traditions alive. For that reason, Emeritus Senior Living, a national provider of assisted living and Alzheimer's and related dementia care services to seniors, has put together helpful guidelines and suggestions to make this holiday season a memorable one for the whole family. Planning holiday celebrations for Alzheimer’s patients calls for some adaptation, but this preplanning can be good for everyone.
By: Julie Davis
Using GPS technology on a wide scale reduces the chance of Alzheimer’s patients getting lost while allowing them to regain freedom of movement.
Like a missing child, a missing elder can be a family’s worst nightmare. Time is of the essence in these situations. The Silver Alert System is one way to help get seniors back before any harm can come to them.
Once a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the family member realizes that providing care will now be a permanent task. This is a crucial moment for both the loved one and the family.
In Alzheimer’s disease, the nerve cells in a person’s brain gradually die off. The changes in the person may be very subtle at first as progression is slow. The disease can last over a period of eight to 20 years, depending on the health and particular circumstances of the affected individual.
Alzheimer’s disease afflicts more than 5.2 million Americans in 2008. And, as aging baby boomers swell the ranks of the over 65s, public health officials expect a steady increase in Alzheimer’s disease.
When Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia cause a loved one to lose the ability to speak, the lack of communication may become frustrating to the family members and, presumably, to the patient. Researchers have found that art can be used to give the patient a means of self expression when verbal skills fail.
Sundowner's Syndrome (also known as sundowning) is a condition that occurs in the late afternoon or early evening when the sun goes down — generally between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. It is not a separate disease but is one of the symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Sundowner's Syndrome involves confusion, disorientation, agitation, anger, depression, restlessness, paranoia and mood swings. Some of the behaviors may include wandering, rocking, crying, pacing, hiding things and acting out aggressively.
For people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the body’s functions degenerate as the brain’s functions deteriorate. Among the most affected are the five senses, but the sense of hearing is usually the first to go. Before hearing finally shuts down, music therapy can be a valuable therapeutic tool to promote interactive communication.
The onset and development of memory loss and dementia can be your biggest concern as a child and caregiver for your parent. Sometimes taking care of the physical and organizational aspects of your parent's aging process are tiring, but the idea of losing that person cognitively can be almost unbearable. Unfortunately, many of us have to deal with the reality of our parents' memory loss and dementia.
Some memory loss is a normal part of aging, but certain memory problems may be related to other problems such as depression, dehydration or medical issues such as Alzheimer's. The good news is: many types of memory loss are treatable. The following article will guide you in determining if your parent's memory loss is normal or more serious, and what you can do to help.
The basic goal in the management of individuals having Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is to preserve their autonomy and ability to function. Treatment also seeks to preserve quality of life not only for patients but also for those who provide care.
Dementia is derived from Latin and literally translates into “mind gone,” (de means “gone” while mens refers to “mind”). The most common cause of dementia, accounting for at least 60% of all dementia cases, is Alzheimer’s disease.
Particularly in the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the symptoms are very subtle, making diagnosis difficult. Indeed, the only truly definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be done through an autopsy performed after death, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Ideally, both the patient and the family would benefit from an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (which is by far the most common cause of dementia). This allows everyone involved to make workable plans for the future, while your parent can still be an active participant in the decision making.
Estimates of the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease often vary, but the U.S. National Institutes of Health puts the range between 2.5 million and 4.5 million. One thing is certain — the number of Alzheimer’s disease cases will rise significantly as the baby boomers swell the numbers of the over 65s. It is projected that 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's disease.
It is not easy to deal with a parent with dementia or its most common type, Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 10 million American adults have to cope with the responsibility of caring for a family member suffering from various types of dementia.
Many a patient (or the family) has asked, “What is Alzheimer’s disease, and what makes it different from dementia?” The term dementia refers to a health condition marked by a progressive loss of cognitive or intellectual abilities. There are many types of dementia, arising from different causes, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease.
A good way to understand Alzheimer’s disease is to look at dementia.
According to the National Institutes of Health, dementia is a generic term that refers to the symptoms that arise from a variety of brain diseases and disorders. While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia (60% to 70% of all demetias), there are more than 100 types of this condition. Dementia impairs more than one domain of cognitive function, which makes it different from brain disorders that affect only one domain such as amnesia (affects memory) and aphasia (affects language skills). It is not loss of memory; rather, it involves the loss of the mind as a whole.