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Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism; A problematic pattern of the use of alcoholic beverages often leading to alcohol dependence.
  • With the help of non-alcoholic beverages, Charlie's drinking habits have been reined in, yielding positive effects. That doesn't mean there haven't been some bumps in the road along the way, though.
  • Charlie drinks wine to drown his sorrows, making his dementia worse and causing him to fall. But things have changed for the better since I decided to put my foot down.
  • Alcoholism is often overlooked in the elderly. Failing to recognize when an aging loved one has a drinking problem can lead to severe health issues and can even endanger others’ well-being.
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  • 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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