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Early Onset Alzheimer's

A form of dementia that develops symptoms before the age of 65. In some cases, early-onset Alzheimer's disease has a genetic component and is related to a genetic mutation directly contributing to the disease, known as Familial Alzheimer's disease.
  • When both elderly parents have dementia it's a very difficult situation. Seek your doctor's advice to find out about new medication that might control their agitation and verbally abusive behavior.
  • Alzheimer's and dementia often cause difficult behavioral changes that can easily become dangerous for both patients and their caregivers. Notifying the local police and EMS of your loved one's condition can help them better handle potential emergencies.
  • Although elderly and disabled care recipients are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, family caregivers can also be targets of verbal and physical mistreatment. What can a caregiver do when they are being victimized by their patient?
  • It's difficult for me to accept the personality changes that I may experience as my disease progresses. I'm worried about the future of my relationships, but addressing the issue head on is my best bet for gaining ongoing support.
  • Cognitive decline can cause a number of different emotional and behavioral issues that are especially challenging for caregivers. Sometimes the best option for reducing a patient's anxiety, depression, or combativeness is medication.
  • In the chaos of the decision to place a family member in a nursing home, there's one factor that caregivers may overlook: nursing home residents can be bullies, too.
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  • While Alzheimer's disease and dementia progress differently in each and every person, it is important for both the patient and their caregiver to remember that a diagnosis isn't an immediate death sentence.
  • The way we deal with difficulties and failures says a lot about how we live our lives. But when these things are caused by something out of our control, like dementia, should we just accept our limitations or fight them tooth and nail?
  • So many people consider sharing a diagnosis publicly to be an act of courage. Yes, this does help to lessen the stigma against diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. But are we making too much of this simple deed? Shouldn't we all be able to share our true selves without fear of abandonment or embarrassment?
  • Cognitive decline is difficult to definitively diagnose, but like other diseases, it can be awkward to talk about this elusive prognosis. Most people don't wish to get detailed updates on others' health, but assumptions can be especially frustrating.
  • Memory loss, difficulty solving problems and confusion are a few of the signs that may indicate various types of cognitive impairment or a form of dementia. Our parents and grandparents cared for their families and this is when relatives and caregivers can begin helping them. Consulting their physician and being proactive with diet, rest and exercise are among the top areas in which they will need encouragement and assistance.
  • A recent reading of "Flowers for Algernon" has helped me realize that my journey through cognitive impairment does not have to include the culturally-expected suffering.
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