Alzheimer's & Dementia Care Articles

  • 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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  • Evaluating Alternative Treatments for Alzheimer's and Dementia

    It can be difficult to distinguish scientifically proven options from hyped up “remedies” and expensive “cures.” Know what to look for in an alternative treatment and how to decide if it's worth trying.

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  • Validation Therapy for Dementia: Calming or Condescending?

    People in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Validating a loved one’s perceptions via “therapeutic fibbing” is the kindest, most respectful way to handle hallucinations and delusions.

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  • Alzheimer’s and Sleep: Expert Answers to 6 Common Questions

    Individuals living with Alzheimer’s often experience sleep issues, and if they’re not sleeping well, neither are their caregivers. Use these expert tips to help a person with Alzheimer's sleep so everyone in the household gets some much-needed respite.

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  • UTIs and Dementia in Seniors: Impact and Treatment Options

    Urinary tract infection (UTI) and dementia: Urinary tract infections in elders with dementia are more difficult to identify. Learn how UTIs affect seniors with dementia and treatment options to minimize recurrence.

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  • Medical Tests Used to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

    If a loved one is experiencing unusual memory problems or changes in behavior, what tests should be run to either confirm or rule out dementia?

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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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  • Senior Housing Options for Dementia Patients

    Deciding what type of long-term care an aging loved one needs is far more complex when dementia is a factor. Explore senior housing options and the limitations of each when considering the appropriate level of care for a senior with dementia.

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  • Why Do People Die from Alzheimer's Disease?

    If Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a problem with memory, why do people die from it? Although the most noticeable symptoms are cognitive impairment, AD ultimately weakens the body's ability to perform the tasks that keep our bodies functioning.

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  • The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

    This staging system can help dementia caregivers understand the progression of the disease and how it affects cognition, mood, behavior, activities of daily living and bodily functions.

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  • An Overview of Alzheimer's Disease

    Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease include memory loss, language deterioration, poor judgment, confusion, mood swings, and behavior change. Eventually Alzheimer's destroys cognition, personality, and the body's ability to function.

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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

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. 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

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ recommendations for the best products and strategies for monitoring a loved one who wanders.

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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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  • What Causes Seniors with Dementia to Wander?

    We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for understanding why dementia patients wander and strategies to combat this dangerous dementia behavior.

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  • Anosognosia: When Dementia Patients Can’t Recognize Their Impairment

    Anosognosia is not the denial of dementia. When seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia seem unaware that they are cognitively impaired it may appear to be self-denial, but it’s actually far more complicated.

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  • Capgras Syndrome: How to Cope with a Loved One's Delusions

    Capgras is a type of delusional misidentification syndrome that can complicate a dementia patient’s quality of life. Learn the best way to handle delusions and foster positive interactions with your loved one.

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  • Conversation with a Dementia Patient Can be Frustrating

    Dementia Caregiver Blog: Sometimes I get so frustrated trying to talk with my husband with dementia that I end up ignoring him and reading a book. I don't want to hurt him, but there comes a point when I just can't take it anymore.

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  • Bathing Assistance: Our First Encounter with a Home Health Aide

    My husband with Alzheimer's hasn't showered in six weeks. The excuses for his refusal to bathe have become legendary. I hired a home health care worker to help with hygiene- here's how it went.

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