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How can you support a family member with alzheimers?

How can you support a family member with alzheimers?

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

Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Support Groups (Definition)

For information, resources, and support on specific diseases and conditions, see the links below. Additional local and national support groups can be found on the web, through local libraries, your health care provider, and the yellow pages ...Read more


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Benefit from an art therapy group for people with dementia/alzheimers?

Benefit from an art therapy group for people with dementia/alzheimers?

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

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Why don't all the symptoms of alzheimer's get better at once?

Why don't all the symptoms of alzheimer's get better at once?

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 more

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What do you suggest if my grandma's Alzheimer's is getting to her and we don't know what to do, help!?

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

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My grandma doesn't remember anything even our family members is this considered as alzheimer's disease?

My grandma doesn't remember anything even our family members is this considered as alzheimer's disease?

Most likely: Unfortunately, not recognizing family members is quite common in advanced alzheimer's disease. It might help if you always introduce yourselves when you are visiting your grandma. ...Read more

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Will you eventually get alzheimer's disease if you get old enough, even if you don't have any of the genes?

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 more

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Aren't they using the terms dementia and Alzheimer's interchangeably these days?

Aren't they using the terms dementia and Alzheimer's interchangeably these days?

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 more

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How can people die from alzheimers?

How can people die from alzheimers?

Causes: Most commonly, become susceptible to an infection, and most commonly die from pneumonia, but due to age, co-morbidities can emerge, such as a heart attack or stroke, and this can cause demise also. Severe trauma may be another category. ...Read more

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Is lashing out a symptom of alzheimers?

Is lashing out a symptom of alzheimers?

Yes: #10 of the alzheimer's association's 10 signs is change in mood & personality. Check out the complete list here at http://www.Alz.Org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.Asp. ...Read more

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What can be initial signs of alzheimers?

What can be initial signs of alzheimers?

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 more

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