About 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, that will jump to 14 million, according to the Alzheimer's Association. One in three seniors dies from the disease or dementia, but how do we know if the memory lapses everybody experiences are due to aging or are signs of disease? Dr. Gene E. Alexander is a professor in the University of Arizona's departments of psychology and psychiatry. He's a director at the Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Center and st
WHY do we need to FIGHT for additional research and treatments? We need to better understand how Alzheimer’s unfolds. The brain is a complicated organ. Because it’s so difficult to study while patients are alive, we know very little about how it ages normally and how Alzheimer’s disrupts that process. Our understanding of what happens in the brain is based largely on autopsies, which show only the late stages of the disease and don’t explain many of its lingering mysteries.
A person who has dementia may exhibit challenging behaviors for many reasons. Being sensitive to the emotion behind the behavior can help to manage stress and frustration. Seek a doctor’s advice to determine if there is a medical cause or if medications are causing adverse side effects. Limit outside noise, clutter or the number of persons in a room. Keep to the same routines. Reduce caffeine intake. Do not move objects and furniture. Dot the environment with familiar objects
People with Alzheimer’s may repeat things…a lot Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias cause problems with short-term memory. This can lead to repetitive behaviors, like asking the same question over and over again. Your loved one isn’t doing it on purpose to annoy you, they truly have no memory of asking the first or the twentieth time. While you may answer patiently the first few times, you may not after hearing the same thing over and over, it’s natural to lose your temp
Alzheimer’s/Dementia is a disease that comes about gradually and the signs can be easy to miss or understand. Making the decision to move a loved one into a Memory Care Community, like Alcoeur Gardens, can be a difficult one - both emotionally and practically. Although every situation is different, looking at the following 9 signs will give you valuable information to help make that decision. 1. The Big Red Flags a. Has wandered away from the home and can’t find their way