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What Should I Write In A Get Well Card For A Freind Who Has Alzheimers
Alzheimer's friend: This is simple. The note should merely say you love them and are thinking about them. Depending on the severity of the alzheimer's you might want to include a picture of yourself with the card to help them make the association to you. Keeping sending this kind of message any chance you get. ...Read more
I'm wondering why would someone with alzheimer's play checkers well but have a hard time holding a sensible conversation?
Memory functions: Alzheimer's does not affect all cognitive functions at the same pace, and may instead spare certain abilities for a while. Checkers likely involves more procedural memory, and may be preserved a bit longer. Conversation involves language, attention, executive abilities, and due to more complex and fluctuating interaction would be afflicted far more earlier. ...Read more
What are reasons why would someone with alzheimer's play checkers well but have a hard time holding a sensible conversation?
Not generally: Alzheimers disease is primarily a disease of older people. Development before 60 years of age is uncommon. In younger people some disorders can cause memory impairment such as can occur with trauma to the brain, childhood developmental disorders and drug abuse. Major depression can mimick dementia with slow thinking, lack of initiative, poor self care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The incidence of alzheimer's disease depends on a person's age and to some extent family history. 10% of people over 65, and >45% of people over 85 have ad. If there is late onset ad in the family (onset >65) the risk to children is only a few percent. If there is early onset ad (onset < 60) the risk can be up to 50%. The early onset type of ad is much, much less common overall. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Balanced Nutrition +: You probably already know that everyone needs a balanced diet. Dementia sufferers often develop a sweet tooth. Supplements like ensure, often "doctored" with fruits and protein powders are useful. Protein intake is often lacking, but readily available supplements can really help that. Poor teeth, difficulty chewing, often necessitate liquid only diets. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several choices: For early alzheimer's recommend use of medical foods, such as cerefolin-nac, or the "fuel" axona. From mild to moderate might consider Exelon patch, donepezil, or galantamine, (galantamine hydrobromide) and Namenda as process worsens. Really not more than modest benefits at most. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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