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Alzheimers Support Groups
Challenging: Alzheimer's can affect memory and organizational skills, but can also affect behaviour. Therefore, be aware that inappropriate reactions are due to the disease and not the intrinsic prior character. Most pts require a diligent caregiver most of the day. Best to keep home events on a constant schedule, and avoid any changes which might confuse the member. More info available from the alz assoc. ...Read more
Yes : An art therapy group can provide opportunity for socialization and expression of thoughts and feelings. In addition, art work is also a very good way for me as a clinician to monitor my client's level of functioning in planning and organizing information. I get very positive results in my practice using sand tray with my elderly clients as well. ...Read more
No one knows: Some symptoms can improve with treatment while many symptoms do not. Often the best treatment is offering support to the person and their caregivers. Since we still are not exactly sure what causes the illness it is difficult to identify treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you suggest if my grandma's Alzheimer's is getting to her and we don't know what to do, help!?
This can be very: difficult as there is only so much medications can do at times. See if there are any home nursing programs that can assist. Depending on her behaviors, do not be closed on assisted care facilities, not all are as bad as the movie Happy Gilmore makes them appear. Some are actually very nice. Ask around if you consider this. ...Read more
My grandma doesn't remember anything even our family members is this considered as alzheimer's disease?
Will you eventually get alzheimer's disease if you get old enough, even if you don't have any of the genes?
Unknown: There is no known answer to this question. We do know that there are people over the age of 100 who do not have alzheimers disease. We also know that there are people who have no clinical evidence of alzheimers at their death but who do have brain changes suggesting that they do have the illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some people seem to: Alzheimers is a type of dementia, probably now the most common, seems to be increasing , along with all other inflammation related illnesses-some suggestion it is related to chronic herpes virus infection that is really pervasive . There are specific criteria for alzh. And other types of dementia, neurologist referal indicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Forgetfulness: Memory loss for new, not old, information is the first sign of alzheimer disease (ad). Before ad, people begin with amnestic mild cognitive impairment, which is diagnosed after neuropsychological testing indicates that there is a notable deficit in memory in the presence of otherwise intact cognitive and daily functioning. Ad usually develops in the 70s, but other dementias can develop earlier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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