Alzheimer's/Dementia/Memory Loss

Alzheimer's/Dementia/Memory Loss

Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of distinct neurological diseases caused by plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, strokes, or other problems in the brain.  Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, however there are more than 50 identified dementias.  Other types of dementia include: 1) frontotemporal dementia, 2) Lewy bodies disease, 3) Parkinson's disease, 4) Pick's disease, and 5) vascular dementia. 

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Daily activities for people with Alzheimer's Disease tend to change as the disease progresses. These factors can turn simple activities into daily challenges. Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease don't start or plan activities on their own. When they do, they may have trouble organizing and carrying out the activity. By using a variety of activities matched to the person's abilities, the caregiver can help the family member enjoy his or her current level of skill and talent, as well as abilities retain his or her sense of positive self-esteem.
Caring.com provides various articles regarding activities for dementia care. These articles include topics such as: slowing Alzheimer's progress, dementia and mood, memory enhancers for dementia, how to keep someone with Alzheimer's or other dementias busy and active, and brain-stretching activities for someone with Alzheimer's.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The site provides education and information about Alzheimer's and dementia, as well as help and support for caregivers, care professionals, physicians, and those affected by Alzheimer's.

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I Need Help With... Dementia is not a normal part of the aging process, but it is possible to live well each day. People with dementia are people who still desire autonomy and control of their quality of life. A diagnosis of dementia does not mean the person loses their ability to actively participate in the decision-making that affects their lives. Together we can support people with dementia, ensuring their voice is heard throughout their care. The information on this page and throughout this website will help you or your loved one to plan for care and access the right…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently supporting the proposed actions of the Healthy Brain Initiative and the Healthy People 2020 Objectives to "educate and empower the nation" by developing and disseminating science-based and culturally relevant research that encourages awareness about cognitive impairment. This initiative will lead to increased detection of Alzheimer's Disease. Additionally,  "Dementias including Alzheimer's Disease" has been added to the Healthy People 2020 Objectives which is a set of national goals that aim to promote health and prevent disease.  Hallmark Changes of Alzheimer's Scientists have identified several hallmark Alzheimer's brain abnormalities, including: Plagues, microscopic…
90% of people with dementia suffer from apathy at some point. When they do, they decline faster and are harder to care for. A stimulating environment made all the difference in a revealing new study of 5 factors. Specifically, moderate stimulation did the most to lift people out of their apathy, while none or to much made it worse. Learn more about beating apathy in dementia.
Keep Memory Alive is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created to increase awareness and raise funds for the research, management, and treatment of brain disorders. They are committed to improving the lives of patients and their families as they navigate the extraordinary challenges of brain disorders. Their website has information about events, research, brain health and services that are available to patients and caregivers. 

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An Alzheimer's disease or dementia diagnosis evokes fear for both the patient and their loved ones. Families are often concerned about change and how the disease will impact everyday life. Dementia impacts one's ability to plan, tolerate stress, and interpret thing in the environment as soon as the first systems appear.

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