Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My Mom is Dying of Dementia

A reader search of Bing using the following keywords


lead to this article in the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

My Mom is Dying of Dementia

Dying from Dementia -- Dementia Suffering Often Unnecessary

To learn more about Alzheimers and Dementia care visit the Alzheimer's Reading Room Intelligent Knowledge Base

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Basics of Dementia

Dementia is a an illness that usually occurs slowly over time, and usually includes a progressive state of deterioration. The earliest signs of dementia are usually memory problems, confusion, and changes in the way a person behaves and communicates.

Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning, which means the loss of the ability to think, remember, or reason, as well as behavioral abilities, to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities.

Signs and symptoms of dementia occur when healthy neurons (nerve cells) in the brain stop working, lose connections with other brain cells, or die.

Everyone loses some neurons as they age, but people with dementia experience far greater loss in neurons and brain cells.

Scientists have some theories about mechanisms that may lead to different forms of dementias, but more research is needed to better understand if and how these mechanisms contribute to the development of dementia.

Dementia is more common with advanced age, as many as half of all people age 85 or older may have some type of dementia, it is not a normal part of aging.

Memory loss is not the only sign of dementia. For a person to be considered to have dementia, he or she must meet the following criteria:
  • Two or more core mental functions must be impaired. These functions include memory, language skills, visual perception, and the ability to focus and pay attention. These also include cognitive skills such as the ability to reason and solve problems.
  • The loss of brain function is severe enough that a person cannot do normal, everyday tasks.
Some people with dementia cannot control their emotions. Their personalities may change. They can have delusions, which are strong beliefs without proof, such as the idea that someone is stealing from them.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Socialization and Discussion for People with Alzheimer's

Socialization and discussion are essential parts of effective Alzheimer's care giving.

A lack of social stimulation is harmful for people living with dementia. It can lead to dullness, withdrawal, and increased memory loss.

Always Seek Knowledge Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's Disease Tip Communication and Socialization

Simple Structured Discussions and Word Games Beneficial for People with Dementia

I am also suggesting this article

Dotty and I Live Our Life as We Always Had -- You Can Do it Too

it is a bit long but it covers all the bases.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Stages of Dementia

Alzheimer's disease and related dementia usually develop in stages and slowly over time.

It is usually helpful for Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers to understand the seven broad stages in order to develop a framework of care over time.

Always Seek Knowledge Alzheimer's Dementia

It is important to note that not everyone living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia will experience the same symptoms or progress at the same rate over time. As a result, the Seven Stages of Alzheimer's should be look at as guidelines to expectations.

For a good discussion of the seven stages of dementia read this article in the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

The Seven Stages of Alzheimer's

This discussion in the Mayo Clinic website is also useful.

Alzheimer's stages: How the disease progresses

To learn more about Alzheimers and Dementia care visit the Alzheimer's Reading Room Intelligent Knowledge Base

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Where does Alzheimers begin?

Dementia due to Alzheimer disease is preceded by about 5 to 6 years of accelerated decline in multiple cognitive functions.

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By contrast, little decline is evident in persons who do not develop Alzheimer disease.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why is it seniors with dementa do not like bathing?

Many Alzheimer's caregivers face this common problem, how do you get a recalcitrant dementia patient to bathe or shower?

Alzheimer's Dementia Bath

It is not uncommon for a caregiver to want to "pull their hair out over this one".

The following articles address this issue for Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers.

Doctors recommend older adults shower or bathe a minimum of twice a week to reduce the chance of infection including urinary tract infection.

How to Get An Alzheimer's Patient to Take a Bath

Water is nearly invisible and disconcerting to the typical Alzheimer's patient. They don't like to drink it, and they don't like to get in it.

Is Water Invisible and Disconcerting to Dementia Patients?

The dreaded shower it is a problem for the majority of Alzheimer's caregivers. Often a big problem.

Alzheimer's and the Dreaded Shower

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Can anesthesia cause confusion ?

Exposure to general anaesthesia increases the risk of dementia in the elderly by 35% according to a study presented at Euroanaesthesia, the annual congress of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA).

Can anesthesia cause confusion