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Can you advise for caregiving of alzheimers?

Can you advise for caregiving of alzheimers?

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

Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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Caregiving (Definition)

Caregiving is the act of helping others take care of ...Read more


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How do I caregive for an alzheimer's patient?

How do I caregive for an alzheimer's patient?

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 more

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What are some ways to cope as a caregiver to alzheimer's afflicted husband?

What are some ways to cope as a caregiver to alzheimer's afflicted husband?

Love him: Do not disagree with him, talk to him about past memories, try to do some activities with him. ...Read more

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Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

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 more

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Can there be such a thing as premature Alzheimer's disease when a female is in her mid 20's?

Can there be such a thing as premature Alzheimer's disease when a female is in her mid 20's?

Very rare: It may happen in a family where several members developed alzheimer's disease in an early age. That is because there is a bad gene transmitted in that family. ...Read more

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What is probable alzheimers?

What is probable alzheimers?

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 more

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What are symptoms of alzheimers?

What are symptoms of alzheimers?

10 warning signs: See this link for the 10 warning signs of alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's: http://www.Alz.Org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs.Asp. ...Read more

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What is the cause of alzheimers?

What is the cause of alzheimers?

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 more

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Is there benefit from doing crosswords for alzheimers?

Is there benefit from doing crosswords for alzheimers?

Alzheimer's: Depends on the stage of dementia. There is no cure and the further someone progresses, the less it will help. ...Read more

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What is pre-alzheimer's?

What is pre-alzheimer's?

Same as MCI: It is working in progress. Mild cognitve impairment, pre alzheimer's, syndromal alzheimer's are very similar but it is not clearly defined. Dementia is very broad term and alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. ...Read more

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How does alzheimer's work?

How does alzheimer's work?

No one really knows: There are tau tangles and amyeloid plaques that are associated with it. As brain cells die they cause atrophy. The temporal lobes are affected first. ...Read more

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What is Alzheimer's disease?

Common dementia: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places that are familiar are often early symptoms. Also forgetting how to use tools that you used to know how to use. Finally, trouble evaluating info and following plans happen later. ...Read more

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What is alzheimer's disease?

Dementia: Alzheimer's is a specific form of dementia which includes severe short term and intermediate memory disturbance. There is some evidence it is genetic. There are very specific changes I the brain, but these are not easily identified by current brain scans ...Read more

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What is alzheimer's disease?

What is alzheimer's disease?

A form of dementia: Alzheimer' s disease is one type of dementia, conditions marked by of decline in cognitive status because of brain changes which lead to problems functioning. Its exact cause is not known but the greatest risk factor is old age and some forms that run in families. Sometimes other reversible conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptoms so a careful diagnosis is the first step ...Read more

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What are alzheimer's stages?

Contact the: Alzheimer's foundation, or the judy fund in california. They have all the latest information. ...Read more

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How is alzheimer's inherited?

How is alzheimer's inherited?

Depends: Early onset illness is inherited at a high rate but the more common late onset alzheimers has a number of genes taht increase risk a small amount each. ...Read more

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Are there stages in alzheimer?

Absolutely: Alzheimer disease can only be definitively diagnosed by a neuropathologist at the time of autopsy. Pathologically, there are six stages of alzheimer disease. Most older adults have early pathologic changes of alzheimer disease (stages i or ii), but they remain intellectually intact. ...Read more

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What causes Alzheimer's disease?

What causes Alzheimer's disease?

Unknown at present: Alzheimer's disease is one type of dementia, conditions marked by of decline in cognitive status & because of problems functioning.In spite of continuing research at this time exact cause is not known but greatest risk factor is old age & some forms run in families. Sometimes other conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptom or worsen QOL so a careful diagnosis is first step. ...Read more

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