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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. October 25, 2016 at 05:28 pm
    Posted by Donald Walls

    One of the biggest problem with Alzheimer's Patients IS wandering . The STATS are that 70 % of Alzheimer's wander off at lease 3 times out of the house unattended. Caregivers can not watch them 24 hours a day. We have a Alzheimer's Portable door Lock that can stop them from leaving the house and best part about this lock is when you travel lock goes with you. This is why we designed and now manufacture this lock, My partner wife had Alzheimer's and died with it, He had to watch her 24/7. To see this Alzheimer's lock and how it works , www.assurancelockigsystems.com
  2. September 12, 2016 at 03:04 am
    Posted by Comfort Keepers

    Helpful information sharing ideas...thanks
  3. March 20, 2016 at 07:43 pm
    Posted by Cecelia

    Is alzheimer hereditary? My grandfather had it and my mother died with it. I need to know if it could be my fate.
  4. May 12, 2015 at 05:15 am
    Posted by joe armstrong

    my wife cathy was diagnosed with eary onset alzheimers at about 48.it wasn't too bad until about 54 then by the time she was 56 i had too put her in a home,it was the hardest thing i have ever done.she seems to be happy and is eating better,the people are good with her and now i think i made her worse staying at home trying to look after her.we have been together almost everyday for 32 years and i miss her dearly.i visit everyday after work till she goes to bed and all day on weekends.i pray everyday for a cure for this disease and maybe one day it will come true.
  5. April 3, 2015 at 04:40 pm
    Posted by Susan

    I feel compelled to comment on Kerri's story. My mother-in-law had dementia/alzheimers. Early on she would let me help with her care but in the later stages her son, my husband, would have to attend to her personal needs, bathing/toilet. Two brothers would not help and his two sisters wanted to make decisions while citing stress preventing them from helping. We did the best we could without help but she had to eventually be placed in a nursing home. She is gone now but he has never once regretted taking care of her because she took care of him.

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