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, we have 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 forum-a community of caregivers who truly understand.
Alzheimer's & Dementia Articles
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia
The signs and symptoms of dementia vary, but memory loss, behavior change, and increased confusion are common indicators of increasing cognitive difficulties. Look for these red flags to determine if a loved one should seek a comprehensive medical exam.73 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.3 Comments
The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
This staging system can help dementia caregivers understand the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects cognition, mood, behavior, activities of daily living and bodily functions.96 Comments
Caring for a Senior With Alzheimer's At Home
When caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, each day brings unique challenges, changing abilities and new patterns of behavior. Incorporate these tips and strategies into your daily routine to facilitate caring for your loved one at home.8 Comments
Is Using Validation for Dementia Calming or Condescending?
Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Using “therapeutic fibbing” to validate their perceptions and feelings is the kindest, most respectful way to handle confusion, hallucinations and delusions.122 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
Am I out of line?19 Answers
I'm putting my wife (68) in a personal care/memory care facility next week. Should I try to get POA before she goes in?6 Answers
How to tell mom she needs to stay in NH permanently?30 Answers
When you are young how do you talk to your family member about all of the new struggles?1 Answer
Alzheimer's & Dementia Discussions
Covid 19 issues...2 Comments
I would like readers to share memories that bring a positive smile to all. Sometimes it is all negative and depressing-but can be humorous.3 Comments
Not a question just a rant4 Comments
My mom has been a miserable, nasty, and hateful person all her life. As a mother she has dominated every aspect of her children's life.1,020 Comments