Alzheimer's & Dementia Care
Dementia is a group of cognitive and psychological symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities. As changes in the brain progress, declines in thinking skills, reasoning and behavior affect a person's ability to function independently.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of progressive dementia. A few conditions that cause symptoms of dementia are reversible, but most types of dementia, like Alzheimer's, cause permanent brain changes, and worsen over time.
Symptoms of dementia vary greatly. If you are noticing changes in thinking, behavior or memory, seek a professional evaluation. Early diagnosis allows for the best plan of care.
Whether you are providing hands-on care or participating in making care decisions, AgingCare has resources to help. Browse our collection of informative articles, Alzheimer’s Q&A, and dementia discussions. Find the support of other dementia caregivers in AgingCare’s online Caregiver Forum -a community of caregivers who truly understand.
Alzheimer's & Dementia Articles
Early Signs of Dementia: When To Be Concerned
The early stage of dementia is often difficult to detect since symptoms and age of onset can vary. Keep an eye out for these warning signs.76 Comments
Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Is Crucial for Effective Planning and Treatment
Half of all patients with Alzheimer’s are already in the moderate to severe stages of the disease by the time they are diagnosed. Increased attention to the early stages of AD is essential for proper treatment, planning and caregiver support.5 Comments
The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
The only certainty when diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease is that a senior’s condition will progressively worsen. The national Alzheimer’s Association has developed a very useful staging system to use as a frame of reference when coping with AD.98 Comments
Tips for Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s At Home
Many families are committed to caring for Alzheimer’s patients at home for as long as possible. Incorporate these tips and strategies into your daily routine to ensure a safe and successful in-home care experience.9 Comments
Is Using Validation for Dementia Calming or Condescending?
Seniors with dementia often live in an altered reality that can sometimes be upsetting. Validating their perceptions and feelings is the kindest, most respectful way to handle confusion, hallucinations and delusions.125 Comments
Why Do People Die From Alzheimer’s Disease?
The most noticeable symptom of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is memory loss, but this progressive condition ultimately weakens the immune system and prevents the body from functioning properly. Complications like infections are often the cause of death.53 Comments
Alzheimer's & Dementia Questions
Mom vomits when I try to brush her teeth. Should I stop?18 Answers
91 yr old with dementia, under hospice care, has frequency of urination day and night. What to do?14 Answers
Mom taken off hospice1 Answer
What's the best way to handle holiday tipping at a memory care residence?30 Answers
Alzheimer's & Dementia Discussions
Issues w the devil.5 Comments
Sandra Day O Connor dead of advanced Alzheimer’s, age 936 Comments
Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful to this forum.10 Comments
Islands in the Stream2 Comments