Sunday, April 26, 2015

What is Dementia?

What is Dementia?
Who Gets Dementia, What Causes Dementia, What are the Symptoms of Dementia, How is Dementia diagnosed, What are the treatments for Dementia?

What is Dementia? | Alzheimer's Reading Room

Key facts
  • Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities.
  • Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of ageing.
  • Worldwide, 35.6 million people have dementia and there are 7.7 million new cases every year.
  • Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia and may contribute to 60–70% of cases.
  • Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide.
  • Dementia has physical, psychological, social and economical impact on caregivers, families and society. (Source World Health Organization)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

How Alzheimer's Spreads Throughout the Brain

How Alzheimer's disease spreads throughout the brain is essential viewing for caregivers, their families, and the entire Alzheimer's community.

By Bob DeMarco
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Alzheimer's is not very well understood, and it is hard to understand. This video, in my opinion, serves as a "foundation" to understanding.

Soon there will be two kinds of people in the world.

Persons that have Alzheimer's
And, Persons that know someone that has Alzheimer's.

It is up to you and me to help educate the populace. Take action. Email and share this article. We can all be an activist today.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Alzheimer's Hallucinations, Delusions, and Paranoia

It did turn out that Dotty had a urinary tract infection which explains in part why I am so militant about urinary tract infections; and, why I try to convince anyone that will listen to take the temperature of their loved one -- every day. Get out in front before the delusions and hastened memory loss start happening.

Alzheimer's Hallucinations, Delusions, and Paranoia | Alzheimer's Reading Room

Christie asked in the comments section of Empathy Leads to Compassion Then Joy for the Alzheimer's Caregiver,
"Bob, would you be willing to share with us if in the time when Dotty's behavior was more positive - toward the end of her life - was she only deeply forgetful or did she exhibit other behaviors such as hallucinations, delusions, paranoia? I suppose delusions could be attributed to gaps in memory - but did she exhibit symptoms that were Alz driven, but not directly memory driven?"
Christie this is a very good question and others might be wondering the same thing.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

1 of the Worst Emotions of Alzheimer's Caregiving "Guilt"

Guilt may well be the most annoying of what I call the "seven deadly emotions" of Alzheimer's caregiving. It's right up there with resentment, worry, fear, anger, loneliness, and grief.

1 of the Worst Emotions of Alzheimer's Caregiving Guilt | Alzheimer's Reading Room

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