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.

Alwasy Seek Knowledge

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

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dementia patients accusations

It is not unusual for Alzheimer's and dementia patients to make false accusations.

For example, it is not uncommon for dementia patients to say someone is stealing money from them. It is also fairly common for women living with Alzheimer's to guard their purse. Even to take it to bed with them at night.

Fractured Fairy Tales

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What effects negative attitude have on someone with dementia

A reader searching Bing using the following keywords 
- what effects negative attitude have on someone with dementia -

was directed to the following article in the Alzheimer's Reading Room

Alzheimer's Caregiving Lots and Lots of Negative Feelings

W Clement Stone Positive Attitude

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

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Self assesment for Alzheimers

If you, or someone you are close to, has been feeling confused, agitated or forgetful, it may be a good idea get an assessment for Alzheimer's or dementia.

While it is possible to take an assessment test at home, if you find the results suspsicious, you should consult with a memory specialist or your personal care doctor before jumping to any conclusions.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rapid decline in alzheimer's patients

One of the things that makes Alzheimer's different is that is impossible to know at what rate any given patient will experience cognitive decline. This state of "unknowing" is disconcerting to Alzheimer's caregivers.

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How Alzheimer's Patients Experience Cognitive Decline

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