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Support: The person with AD needs many layers of support including medical , psychological and social. As the disease progresses the AD pt will need more care and assistance with basic activities of daily living. You should have a doctor you trust and a circle of support to help you deal with the difficulties that care givers experience to prevent burn out. BE sure to take care of yourself. ...Read more
Depending how sick: Early alzheimer's is difficult to diagnose because pts. Are still very independent. It is important to supervise them often and as time passes by more and more close observation to the point that they will require 24/7 observation. Somebody needs to verify their bills are paid, they don't forget appointments or dates, they don't fall or get sick, check they eat & take meds. , shower or wash. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm caregiver to a 77yr old female with alzheimer's. Her doctor said she's could have Robitussin (guaifenesin) daily for a long term cough. Can it be taken long-ter?
Need a lot more info: To even start to give you an answer, i would need to know a lot more about you: your age, medical conditions, why you think you might be getting alzheimer's. And that's just to start. To actually make the diagnosis requires a thorough work-up including, at least, a good history, a brain scan, comprehensive psychometric testing, lab work, and a physical exam. And there's even more possibly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Contact local: Alzheimer society. Check out "the judy fund". ...Read more
Consistent picture: Gold standard might implicate a pet scan showing classical metabolic changes in appropriate brain areas. Spinal fluid studies would confirm the disorder. The clinical picture develops without other explanation. Mental status testing reveals progressive declines without reversal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: Try Alzheimer's.org - they have nice details. Abnormal levels of a bad protein called AB42 in oligomer form along with hyperphosphoryated tau. TDP-43 and abnormal progranulin levels and others may also play a role in some cases. Inflammation is pivotal. Genetics defects can be in coding for an enzyme that forms AB42, or one that helps clear it from the brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer