The terminology behind Alzheimer’s and dementia can be confusing since many people believe the words are interchangeable. Knowing the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s empowers families and their caregivers with the necessary knowledge to provide support to their loved ones. Dementia Dementia is an umbrella term describing a variety of symptoms that interfere with one’s daily life such as memory
It’s not always easy to communicate with an individual that has dementia or Alzheimer’s. A lot of emotions are involved and it is difficult to assess what your loved one is thinking or going through. If you’re looking for ways to make your family member comfortable, we have outlined 8 tips you should utilize while talking to someone with dementia.
One of the first things you can do when you discover a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is arm yourself with as much information about the disease as possible. This will allow you to provide effective care to your loved one in this critical time. To help you ease your anxiety, we have summarized the 7 stages
Alzheimer’s Disease affects almost 6 million individuals in the USA alone. It is commonly associated with age, and people over 65 years old. On the other hand, an uncommon form of Alzheimer’s diagnosis, known as early onset or younger onset occurs in individuals who are between 30 and 60 years old. Less than 250,000 individuals have early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates can cause the body to produce contaminants that may lead to swelling and an abundance of plaques in the brain. This may cause an impairment in cognitive function and increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The gene associated with late-onset Alzheimer’s is called ApoE4 – and it is responsible for regulating cholesterol
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Alzheimer’s disease is very grave and is traumatic not only for the sufferer, but also for the families of the patient. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease is often misdiagnosed. Apparently, 20% of those diagnosed do not really have Alzheimer’s disease. Your loved one may not require Alzheimer’s care or a specialized dementia care home if they are displaying normal symptoms associated with
We are all knee deep in the holiday season, which for many of us, means shopping for those perfect gifts. Shopping for older adults is daunting in itself. As adults, we tend to take care of ourselves and our needs. If we want something, we get it. By the time we get older, we usually have everything we need and
The holidays call for extravagant times: gift-giving, jovial Christmas tunes, giggling children playing around the Christmas tree, fun family games, tons of laughter, tons of food, and most importantly, the gathering of family. These precious get-togethers are what make the holidays special. But for loved ones with dementia, this may cause unanticipated stress: loud sudden noises, blaring music, children horseplaying
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has announced that Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace, in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, has earned AFA’s “Excellence in Care (EIC) Dementia Care Program of Distinction.” Dementia care settings are eligible to achieve this national recognition after successfully undergoing an extensive evaluation of staff, procedures, and environment, ensuring best practices in dementia care. “Terra Vista of