Nov 13, 2018

Can you die from Alzheimer's disease?

Dying for the Alzheimer's patient is marked by little if any verbal output, complete dependency in all aspects of daily living, and the complications of brain failure, which include episodes of aspiration, urinary tract infections, fevers, skin breakdowns, and more than ten percent loss of body weight.

Can you die from dementia

How do you know when a dementia patient is dying?

Over time, and as Alzheimer's progresses, the body's immune system weakens, increasing susceptibility to infection and other causes of death related to the elderly.

Typical complications from Alzheimer's and related dementia are: heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and lung infections due to aspiration of food.

Multi-organ failure is often the cause of death in dementia patients.

Nov 10, 2018

Dementia Patients Face Needless Transitions in Last 90 Days of Life

Health care transitions, such as moves from the nursing home (or home) to the hospital, can result in medical errors, lack of care coordination, and for persons with advanced dementia – emotional distress and agitation.

This study finds such transitions are not consistent with goals of providing dying patients with comfort.

Nov 8, 2018

My Hospice Care Experience

Hospice care is designed to bring the highest quality of life to persons that are living with a serious illness, and are often close to death.

Hospice care is designed to bring the highest quality of life to a persons that is close to death.
Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

There is a common notion that Hospice helps people die. I don't see it that way.

Both of my parents, Frank and Dotty, died at home in their bedroom with the assistance of Hospice by the Sea, Boca Raton, Florida.

Hospice did not help my parents to die, they helped them live to the very end of their life with dignity and compassion.

Hospice accomplishes their mission with a coordinated team of healthcare professionals. Hospice care is designed to bring the highest quality of life to persons that are living with a serious illness, and are often, but not always, close to death.

3 Questions Every Alzheimer’s Caregiver Should Ask About Palliative Care

Nov 7, 2018

Artificial intelligence predicts Alzheimer's

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology improves the ability of brain imaging to predict Alzheimer's disease. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease has proven to be challenging.

Research has linked the progression of Alzheimer's disease to changes in metabolism, as shown by glucose uptake in certain regions of the brain, but these changes can be difficult to recognize.

Implications for Patient Care
  • A deep learning algorithm can be used to improve the accuracy of predicting the diagnosis of Alzheimer disease from fluorine 18 fluorodeoxyglucose PET of the brain.
  • A deep learning algorithm can be used as an early prediction tool for Alzheimer disease, especially in conjunction with other biochemical and imaging tests, thereby providing an opportunity for early therapeutic intervention.

Nov 1, 2018

The Importance of Positive Thinking in Dementia Care

You are what you think. How you think and the thoughts you think determine how you feel, perceive the world, and act. You control your brain.

How you think, positively or negatively, effect your experience in Alzheimer's care and dementia care.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

There is a continuum of Alzheimer's caregiving that runs from Burden to Joy.

Can how you think affect your Alzheimer's caregiving effort?

Can how you act effect your caregiving effort?

Can how you talk and the words you use effect your caregiving effort?

Can how you speak to a person living with Alzheimer's effect how they feel and act?

You bet it can.

Oct 31, 2018

Dementia Care 10 Practical Suggestions for Coping With Grief

Dementia caregivers and those who care for persons living with Alzheimer's are especially vulnerable to grief; and, if they are not careful these feelings can overwhelm them.

Grief is a component of dementia care and Alzheimer's care.
By Marie Marley
Alzheimer's Reading Room

All Alzheimer’s caregivers will sooner or later experience grief.

My previous article published here, Alzheimer's Care and Grief, Types, Stages and Symptoms provided an introduction to grief - the types, stages, and symptoms.