Alzheimer's & Dementia Care

  • 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.

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  • 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

    How do you know if an aging loved one is showing typical age-related changes vs. showing early signs and symptoms of dementia? Dementia warning signs vary, but memory loss, behavior changes, and increased confusion are common indicators.

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  • When a Loved One with Alzheimer's Doesn't Recognize You

    Watching an aging parent or spouse progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease can be a heartbreaking experience. The loss of cognitive abilities becomes especially painful when mom or dad no longer recognizes their own family.

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  • 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.

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  • Should Someone With Dementia Be Driving?

    Although changes in a loved one’s abilities may not be readily apparent, dementia and driving are a dangerous mix. Use these tips to tackle the issue of unsafe driving with a dementia patient.

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  • An Overview of the Types of Dementia

    Dementia is a group of disorders differing in progression and parts of the brain affected. Learn differences between: Alzheimer's, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, and Frontotemporal Dementia.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Alzheimer's Disease Signs, Symptoms & Treatments

    Does my mom have dementia? Alzheimer's is a form of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Learn the most common symptoms of Alzheimer's, an overview of stages, and the impact of dementia on the ability to function.

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  • The Risks and Benefits of Feeding Tubes for the Elderly

    Deciding whether to use a feeding tube is a complex matter, especially for older patients. Family caregivers should understand why and when tube feeding is appropriate in case they must make this choice for their loved one someday.

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  • What Is Vascular Dementia?

    Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s. It is caused by brain damage from a cerebrovascular or cardiovascular event—usually stroke—and results in various symptoms depending on the area of the brain affected.

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  • Why a Letter of Competency Should Be Part of Every Senior’s Legal File

    Adding this one simple step when a loved one creates or changes their will, powers of attorney and other crucial legal documents can minimize unnecessary stress and familial discord down the road.

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  • Wandering Top Tips: How to Secure and Dementia-Proof Your Home

    People diagnosed with Alzheimer's and dementia often have a tendency to wander outside the safety of their home. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for preventing elopement during episodes of wandering.

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  • Wandering Top Tips: Best Products for Monitoring a Senior Who Wanders

    Dementia can cause disorientation and an increased risk of wandering and getting lost. Experienced caregivers’ provide their recommendations for the best products and strategies for monitoring a loved one who wanders.

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  • Dementia Wandering: Professional Caregivers and Memory Care Facilities Can Help

    Sixty percent of people with dementia will wander. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for recognizing when outside help is needed to keep a wandering senior safe.

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  • Anosognosia Top Tips: Learning to Deal with the Confusion

    Coping with a senior who doesn't understand their dementia diagnosis is challenging. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best advice for dealing with confusion and frustration when providing care for a loved one with dementia.

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  • Anosognosia Tips: How to Handle Varying Levels of Awareness

    Self-awareness can fluctuate with a dementia diagnosis. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for handling anosognosia- a dementia patient’s fluctuating levels of awareness of their condition.

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  • Anosognosia Top Tips: Adapting Daily Activities

    A senior diagnosed with Alzheimer's and anosognosia does not realize that they are impaired and may react angrily at a caregiver's attempts to assist with daily activities. Get advice and tips from the experience of other caregivers.

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  • Wise Words from Mum on Living with Dementia

    Caring for Mom: Mum has been steadily declining and is struggling with how to enjoy life despite her growing limitations. Depression and dementia go hand in hand, it seems.

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  • Repetition & Dementia: Navigating Mum’s Question Loop

    Like many other dementia patients, my mother repeatedly asks a handful of complex and emotionally charged questions. This is how I try to set her mind at ease.

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