Alzheimer's Disease, a form of dementia, causes progressive decline of an elderly person's faculties and can eventually result in death. Here is more information on the disease and what responsibilities it places on caregivers.
Articles About Alzheimer's Disease
- Higher Dose of Popular Alzheimer’s Medication Gets FDA Approval
Alzheimer's sufferers have access to an additional treatment option, due to the recent FDA approval of a higher dosage of Exelon patch—a commonly prescribed drug for people with mild to moderate forms of the disease.
- Will I inherit Alzheimer's disease if my parent has it?
Scientists don’t yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease, but in some cases, Alzheimer's might be hereditary.
- Alzheimer’s Hits Women Harder Than Men
Women are more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease than their male counterparts. A new study indicates that women with Alzheimer's may also experience a more rapid decline in their mental abilities.
- How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects the Brain
Caring for someone throughout the stages of AD can leave caregivers feeling powerless, unprepared and frustrated. Understanding how the disease affects the brain can help caregivers know more about what to expect. Alzheimer's disease is not natural aging. It is a progressive disease that causes the abnormal death of brain cells. The initial symptoms often include memory loss, but as it progresses it kills more of the brain until the person is unable to move, swallow or breathe.
- What Is Alzheimer's?
Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
- How Memory Loss Happens: Understanding Alzheimer's
To understand why patients with Alzheimer's disease lose their memory, it's helpful to know how the brain creates memories.
- The Main Types of Dementia
Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Caregivers and families are left with many questions following a diagnosis. These conditions are classified in many different ways, depending on the progression and which parts of the brain are affected.
- The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
An explanation of the staging system used as a frame of reference when coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia helps caregivers in understanding the levels of diminishing cognition and bodily functions that occur throughout the disease.
- The Forward Lean
An odd occurrence during an evening walk caused me to jump to a conclusion about the potential source of my cognitive impairment.
- One of Those Days with Alzheimer's
Whenever I do something dumb, it's easy to blame it on my Alzheimer's disease.
- My Wife’s Alzheimer's Transformed Our 40-Year Marriage
When my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, we thought our life, as we knew it, was over. But we've encountered some unexpected blessings along the way.
- My Grandchildren's Approach to Alzheimer's
My grandchildren have adopted a refreshing way of handling the effects of their grandfather's Alzheimer's disease.
- Is Alzheimer’s Really a ‘Fate Worse Than Death?’
Perhaps Alzheimer's is not a fate worse than death, even though so many people believe that it is. Here's how I think society can get beyond this type of thinking.
- The Empty Chair That Alzheimer's Left
Alzheimer's has left an empty chair as we continue on Mom's journey.
- Are There Really 7 Easy Ways to Prevent Alzheimer's?
I think most of us would do almost anything to avoid the difficult fate of getting Alzheimer's.So, I was interested to see an article about seven simple things we could do NOW to prevent getting the disease later.
- 10 Tips For Talking to Someone with Alzheimer’s
The mental changes that accompany Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia can dramatically alter a person's capacity for communication. Here are ten tips to for talking with a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease.
- Uncertainty is Hard When You’re Dealing With Dementia
Uncertainty is hard when you and your family are dealing with inexplicable dementia symptoms. Here are some words of wisdom from a former-physician faced with this situation.
- Alzheimer’s Ethics: Not Being Fed When You Can’t Feed Yourself
There is an entire set of literature about the topic of not feeding at the end of life. It even has its own acronym, VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking).
- Re-examining the Coconut-Oil-for-Alzheimer's Hype
I've been irked by the many hucksters who've promoted coconut oil as an Alzheimer's treatment, without one shred of scientific evidence. All that false hope to all those struggling families.... Makes me crazy! One major promoter seems to be dialing back.
- 3 Ways Blood Pressure Meds Can Lower Your Dementia Risk
Taking medication to manage high blood pressure may provide protection against Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
- Pat and Tyler Summitt Team Up to Block Out Alzheimer’s
Legendary basketball coach, Pat Summitt talks about her Alzheimer's diagnosis, and shares how she and her son, Tyler are approaching an unknown future.
- The Diagnosis That Sends Friends and Family Running For The Hills
The stigma attached to Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia can have varied and wide-ranging effects. The fear of judgment can be so great that nearly one in four people suffering from dementia try to hide their condition for as long as possible.
- Can Increasing Your Cognitive Activity Really Prevent Dementia?
I've seen several studies recently that point to the possibility that individuals who're more educated and keep their brains active throughout their lives may have a reduced risk of dementia.
- Will it Work? Video Game Empowers People Living With Dementia
Alzheimer's experts have teamed up to create a virtual world where people with dementia can find peace and confidence.
- Unstoppable: Glen Campbell Wins Sixth Grammy in Spite of Alzheimer's
In spite of his advanced dementia, famous musician Glen Campbell has won a Grammy and been nominated for an Oscar.
- Ordinary Drugs Could Hold the Key to Conquering Alzheimer’s
Several, commonly-prescribed medications may possess the potential to stave off, or slow down, the progress of Alzheimer's and other dementias.
- How is it Possible My Alzheimer’s Was Cured?
Diagnosing Alzheimer's is a complex and imprecise process, sometimes, as was the case with me, misdiagnoses are made.
- What Happened to the Laundry?
My cognitive impairment can make even the simplest tasks confusing and frustrating. For instance, here's what happened during a recent trip to the laundry room.
- Yesterday is a Blur
I have no recollection of yesterdays. I haven't for a long, long time. The problem is, everything everyone does starts with their memory.
- What Can I Do?
It's the question every dementia caregiver has about their loved one: What can I do? Unfortunately, there's no easy answer.
- What Earthquakes and Alzheimer’s Have in Common
I recently experienced a 6.0 earthquake while staying at my daughter's house. The experience showed me that Alzheimer's and earthquakes have a lot in common.
- Inching Towards a Cure for Alzheimer's
Headlines proclaiming the discovery of a potential Alzheimer's treatment are often in the news, yet a cure for the disease continues to elude scientists. So what's happening?
- Does Depression Increase Alzheimer's Risk?
People sometimes ask me if depression makes a person more susceptible to Alzheimer's. The question is important and there is certainly an association between the two.
- The Miracle of ‘Finding’ Lost Memories
My wife and I have been together almost forty-five years, and so often I forget the beauty between us. Every once in a while, though, it will suddenly break through, in spite of Alzheimer's.
- Why I Was Disappointed to Find Out I Didn’t Have Alzheimer’s
When I found out I didn't have Alzheimer's, I was grateful, yet disappointed at the same time. Here's why.
- What Do Your Teeth Have to Do With Your Brain?
Maintaining good dental health is important for you and your loved one. Some studies even say that oral hygiene is linked to brain health.
- What’s Language Have to Do With It?
Research has shown that being bilingual may decrease a person's risk for cognitive decline, perhaps I should brush up on my French.
- Caregivers and Patients are Life-Long Teachers
You've heard about the value of being a "life-long learner." But, the truth is that, all of us--caregivers and patients alike--are also life-long teachers of one another.
- What My Misdiagnosis Taught Me About Uncertainty and Trust
Following the shocking news that my cognitive impairment doesn't appear to be caused by Alzheimer's disease, it appears as though this experience is still teaching me new things.
- The Things I've Learned From a Husband With Dementia
Living with Alzheimer's and Frontal Lobe Dementia can teach you things that will change your life--and they are not all bad.
- Alzheimers' Unexpected Gift
When I first thought I had Alzheimer's, I was given the unexpected gift of community. My relationships with many people from the community changed profoundly (or at least my perceptions of them did).
- 4 Tips for Managing Depression in a Loved One with Dementia
Managing depression in a loved one with dementia can be a challenge. Here are 4 tips for helping an elder with dementia work through their depression.
- Coconut Oil, Curcumin and Alzheimer's: Is There a Connection?
Certain supplements—especially coconut oil and curcumin—generate lots of interest when it comes to the topic of Alzheimer's prevention. Leading neurologist and Alzheimer's expert Dr. Rudy Tanzi weighs in.
- What it Really Feels Like to Have Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., and it cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. One man shares his shares his insights on what it is like to live with this mysterious disease.
- Are We Really ‘Dementia Aware?’
Dementia Aware. What does that mean? I read this all the time. Dementia aware restaurants, public places, even dementia aware cities.