Jun 27, 2017

How To Get an Alzheimer's Patient To Take Their Medication

The problem, how to get a person living with dementia to take their medication?

How to get a dementia patient to take their medication in a nursing home.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Getting a person living with dementia to take their medication is often difficult, and is a common problem that is faced by Alzheimer's caregivers.

This can be one of the most exasperating challenges that Alzheimer's caregivers, and dementia professionals working in memory care facilities face.

Like many, I faced this problem with my mother, Dotty, who lived with Alzheimer's disease.

Topic - How to Get a Dementia Patient to Do What You Want Them to Do

Over time, through trial and error, I finally learned an effective way to deal with this problem.

Jun 26, 2017

Alzheimer's and Anesthesia

Alzheimer's and anesthesia don't mix well. Some physicians are advising their patients that are already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to avoid surgery unless absolutely necessary.

Dr. Rudy Tanzi, Mass General in Boston, are selective about which inhaled anesthesia is used when surgery is unavoidable.
By Sydney S. Farrier, LCSW

How often have you heard the comment about an older person who recently underwent a major surgery, "She was fine until she had that (hip surgery, knee replacement, cardiac surgery, etc) but now she seems confused."

6 Questions You Need to Ask About Surgery, Anesthesia and Dementia

Lately we have been receiving a lot of search queries from Google and Yahoo concerning Anesthesia, Surgery, Alzheimer's and dementia.

What do you really know about Anesthesia and Surgery?
It is clear that this is a growing concern for caregivers taking care of patients living with dementia and Alzheimer's.

It is likely to be of greater concern as baby boomers continue to age and the incidence of Alzheimer's and related dementia's like Lewy Body continue to rise.

Jun 25, 2017

What is the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia

Dementia isn't a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning.

Alzheimer's disease is the cause of dementia symptoms, dementia is a syndrome
The words Alzheimer's and dementia are often used interchangeably.

In fact, dementia is a syndrome and Alzheimer's disease is the cause of the symptoms.

When someone is told they have Alzheimer's or dementia, it means they have significant memory problems as well as other cognitive and behavioral issues.

Most of the time dementia is caused by Alzheimer's disease.