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May 27, 2017

Alzheimer’s Disease Death Rates Soar How? Why?

Death rates from Alzheimer's disease rise sharply indicating a need for greater patient and caregiver assistance.


Death rates from Alzheimer’s disease increased by 55 percent
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Death rates from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) increased by 55 percent between 1999 and 2014, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC).

The number of Alzheimer’s deaths at home also increased from 14 percent to 25 percent. Based on the Alzheimer's Reading Room this does not surprise me. Many caregivers deliver on a promise they made to a loved one to keep them a home.


How Do Alzheimer's Patients Die?

How Alzheimer's patients die is often a mystery to caregivers, family, friends, and relatives.


It is not unusual for someone to ask me, how do Alzheimer's patients die?
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I tell him some Alzheimer's patients forget how to eat.

Some forget how to swallow. So when they eat they might start choking.

More or less, the food goes down the wrong pipe, or gets caught in the air way.


May 26, 2017

Dementia Patients are People Too


Why are patients living with dementia abandoned by family, relatives and friends?

One of the biggest problems we face in the Alzheimer's and dementia care communities is the abandonment of both the caregiver and the person living with dementia by family, relatives and friends.



This causes a great deal of psychological and emotional pain for both the caregiver and the person living with dementia.

Embracing the reality of someone living with dementia


16 Ways to Get a Dementia Patient to Eat More Food

Alzheimer's and dementia patients often eat less, and have difficulty eating, because of problems like chewing, swallowing or digesting food.


How do you get an Alzheimer's patient to eat?
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Alzheimer's and dementia patients sometimes lose interest in eating. This can happen for a long list of reasons including loss of taste, the ability to smell, memory loss, and thinking they already ate.

Medications can also effect appetite, and can increase constipation.

When a person has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, these problems can become more pronounced, and often effect mood, behavior, and physical functioning.

When Dementia Patients Don't Eat