Sep 26, 2016

Public Attitudes About Dementia Patients

There appeared to be a general acceptance that once a person is diagnosis with dementia they are viewed negatively in society.

Dementia care attitudes toward dementia patients.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Around one half of respondents agreed as soon as someone is diagnosed with dementia, they are not treated like a thinking human being anymore.

Sep 25, 2016

The Connection Between UTI, Dementia and Memory Loss

Researchers have found a link between common infections, such as a cold, stomach bug or urine infection and an increase in inflammation like reactions in the brain which can exacerbate dementia symptoms. Study results show that people who got an infection had twice the rate of memory loss as people without infections.

The role of UTI in Alzheimer's care, dementia care, and memory care.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Urinary tract infections are particularly worrisome, and they should be to most Alzheimer's caregivers. There is a growing body of scientific evidence indicating that infections can hasten memory loss in persons suffering from Alzheimer's.

Years ago, before we discovered that my mother was likely suffering from a series of rolling urinary tract infections, my mother woke up one morning and seemed to be completely disoriented. Obviously, this was disconcerting to me.

The Connection Between UTI and Worsening Dementia

Sep 23, 2016

Alzheimer's Care, I Had to Remind Myself My Mom Was Deeply Forgetful

When dementia strikes the majority of us are overwhelmed by the stigma attached to Alzheimer's. Our brain tells us, there is no hope.

The stigma of Alzheimer's care and dementia care.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Let's face it, when Alzheimer's strikes we are immediately overwhelmed by the stigma attached to dementia.

Do we feel compassion? Or, are we all encompassed by a feeling of hopelessness?

Sep 22, 2016

The Fit to Drive Test for Dementia Patients

One of the most difficult problems we face as dementia caregivers is when and how to convince a person living with dementia that it is no longer safe for them to drive an automobile.

Alzheimer's care, Dementia care,  and Memory care for drivers.
As dementia progresses, a time will come when your loved one will no longer be able to drive safely. In most cases it is very difficult to get a person living with dementia to stop driving. Many of us have faced this problem.

In the article below Carole Larkin describes a new paper test that can help determine whether it is safe for you loved one to continue to drive; and, the likelihood that they could pass a standard driving test.