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Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Guide

Help for Alzheimer’s Families Alzheimer’s guide, titled ”Your Guide to Coping with Alzheimer’s & Dementia,” addresses the 15 most common questions with answers from Alzheimer’s and dementia expert David Troxel.


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    What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease & dementia?

    Dementia is an umbrella term for anything that can cause issues with brain functioning such as confusion, memory loss, or loss of problem solving ability. While Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia in older persons, there are many more varieties. read more

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    What are the stages of Alzheimer's and dementia?

    Alzheimer’s disease and the other dementias are usually slow and progressive illnesses. The average length of life after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is eight years, although many people live much longer. read more

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    Is Alzheimer's inherited?

    For caregivers and family members, this question looms large. Forget a familiar name or appointment, make a mistake in a bank account, or burn something on the stove, and you ask yourself, “Is this it? Has my Alzheimer’s started?” read more

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    How do I talk to Dad about his diagnosis?

    Alzheimer's is a diagnosis many families dread to discuss with their affected loved one. But knowing the truth can help them better cope with the disease. read more

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    How can I turn a NO into a YES?

    Dementia impacts memory, reasoning and language. To turn a stubborn "no" into a "yes" for someone with dementia, try an approach of encouragement. read more

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    How can I afford Alzheimer's services? Long-term care?

    Costs for caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias can be high, but there are steps that families can take to use their resources wisely and identify sources of help. read more

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    What are the other types of dementia?

    While Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, numerous other dementias, each with a unique set of symptoms, affect millions of people worldwide. read more

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    Why is Mom always angry with me?

    We all get angry now and then. We can be angry at a person, like a friend whose chronic tardiness makes us late for a movie. Persons with Alzheimer’s disease and the other dementias have good days and bad days, too. read more

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    How do I talk to Dad about his dementia and driving?

    It’s one of the most challenging problems for family caregivers. What do you do when your family member with dementia still insists upon driving his or her car? read more

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    Do the memory drugs work?

    The recommended medical treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and many of the other dementias includes a group of drugs that are often called “dementia slowing” or “memory enhancing” medications. The most prescribed include a group of drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors. read more

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    How are depression and dementia related?

    As we work to unravel the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, one of the more interesting areas of research is depression and its connection to dementia. It appears that depression impacts people with dementia in at least two different ways. read more

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    What are the suspected causes of Alzheimer's and dementia?

    Alzheimer’s disease is the most common dementia, impacting over 5 million Americans. Although the disease was first described by Dr. Alzheimer in the early 1900s, scientists are still trying to understand its causes. read more

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    How do I deal with delusions?

    Delusions are common with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Often they can simply be caused by the very nature of the forgetfulness of the disease. read more

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    How can I help someone in late stage dementia?

    Late-stage dementia is tough on everyone. The person with dementia requires significant care. How can you best help someone during this stage of life? read more

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    How do I manage Mom's wandering?

    Why do so many people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias—over 60 percent—wander away from their care settings? The reasons are pretty straightforward, says the Home Instead Senior Care® network’s dementia consultant David Troxel. read more

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    Where can I learn more about dementia care?

    In addition to this guide, which covers the most common questions about Alzheimer's and other dementias, Home Instead Senior Care has developed the "Helping Families Cope" guide to provide additional information about caring for someone with Alzheimer's and the services available to help. read more

Thoughts and stories from others

  1. January 30, 2014 at 11:13 pm
    Posted by Linda

    Sarah, Maybe you could take one of your favorite books and read it to him ... whether he remembers or not doesn't really matter because you will remember for him. You granddad really loves you ... he just can't tell you the way you would like. He is so blessed to have a granddaughter like you because it is obvious by your note that you love him very much. Just talk to him about anything you'd like to share ...your granddad will become your confidante. Tell him about school, pets, friends, etc. Always remember that your presence is a special gift only you can give.
  2. November 14, 2013 at 05:30 am
    Posted by Friend

    Its better not to share unless he asks specifically for your mom.
  3. August 24, 2013 at 09:12 pm
    Posted by Kerri

    My husbands mom has Dementia. She is completely dependent on family members to care for her - to eat, dress, bathe etc. they refuse to have a fulltime in-house nurse or even put her in a nursing home. My problem: my husband bringing her to the bathroom and cleaning her when she's done. Please help me. Am I wrong to feel this way? Should he be doing this? I feel totally disgusted when he comes home from looking after her.

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