The Help for Alzheimer’s Families 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.

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. Helping Families Cope: A Guide for Those… Read More

How do I manage Mom’s wandering?

“I just turned my back for a minute and mom had wandered off. She usually walks so slowly, but when she wanted to get away she became a track star!” Why do so many people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias—over 60 percent—wander away from their care settings? The reasons… Read More

How can I help someone in late stage dementia?

Most dementias in older persons are slow to develop. Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia, progresses over many years. Late-stage dementia is tough on everyone. The person with dementia may be fully incontinent, need help with eating, have difficulty walking, no longer be able to communicate, and almost certainly… Read More

How do I deal with delusions?

It can be one of the most upsetting things about being a family caregiver. You’re always at your mom’s beck and call. You spend hours helping her, take over household chores, drive her to medical appointments, struggle with her personal care. Yet instead of thanks, you get accusations: “You’ve taken… Read More

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. Here are some of today’s leading theories: Age In 1900, the average life expectancy in the United… Read More

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. First, individuals who have had significant depression in… Read More

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. These go by the trade names of Aricept, Exelon and Razadyne…. Read More

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? “I was a nervous wreck about Dad’s driving,” remembers Lisa H., a family caregiver. “I confronted him, begged him, and argued with… Read More

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. We can be angry at a thing, like an unreliable car that breaks down again and again. We can be angry at ourselves for… Read More

What are the other types of dementia?

The original name of the US Alzheimer’s Association was the “Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorder Association.” Despite that early nod to the “related” or “other” dementias, for many years almost all the public’s focus was on Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia. Approximately 60 percent of all dementia cases… Read More