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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Caring for a Senior With Alzheimer's At Home: Tips & Strategies

    When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, some families make the decision to care for them at home. Incorporate these caregiving tips and strategies into your daily routine.

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  • 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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions about Alzheimer's & Dementia

Q: What are the signs of dementia?
The most common symptom of most types of dementia is memory loss, however there are some additional warning signs you can look for: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Q: What are the stages of Alzheimer’s disease?
The Alzheimer’s Association has developed a very useful staging system for family caregivers and medical professionals to use as a frame of reference when coping with Alzheimer’s Disease. Learn More: 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
Q: Can you care for someone with Alzheimer's at home?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution for dementia caregivers since each day brings new challenges as you cope with changing ability levels and new patterns of behavior. If you’ve decided to provide dementia care at home, start with these strategies: Caring for a Senior with Alzheimer’s at Home
Q: How does someone die from Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is a very complex condition. It manifests initially with marked memory failure and lapses in judgment, but as it progresses, it also has a devastating effect on higher brain functions. Learn More: Why Do People Die from Alzheimer’s Disease?