Changes in Behavior Should Be Anticipated When a Senior Has Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is the type of the disease that can change a person. There’s no cure for it at the moment, though there may be some positive indications of better treatment options. One of the key signs and symptoms family and friends need to keep in mind when somebody they love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is a change in behavior. Often these behavioral changes have absolutely nothing to do with the inherent nature of the individual, but rather the way the disease attacks ... Read more

Understanding Alzheimer’s Progression and the Care Required

Home health care for patients with Alzheimer’s is more specialized than standard home health care for seniors. Caring for a senior with a degenerative brain disease can be demanding, so when seeking in-home health care, it’s best to find a specialist familiar with the stages of the disease. Alzheimer’s patients move through several stages of the disease over the course of many years. Not all patients progress at the same rate, but they will experience similar milestones, and their care needs will ... Read more

Alzheimer’s is a Disease for the Elderly, Right?

What do you really know about Alzheimer's disease? Many people associate it as a disease the elderly face. While the elderly are more likely to develop Alzheimer's, it can happen at any age. The average age of onset is 75. Does that mean everyone is 75 or older when they learn they have Alzheimer's? No. There are many younger people being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. What is Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease? Early-onset Alzheimer's is diagnosed as Alzheimer's that starts before the age of 65. ... Read more

Does Poor Sleep Affect the Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Let’s face it, we all have days where we just feel like we could use a few more hours of sleep. But, if you notice your aging relative frequently dozing off or complaining of sleepiness during the day, new research suggests they may be at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep and Alzheimer’s Study One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease are beta-amyloid deposits that build up in the brain. Researchers looked at information gathered from 123 participants who were at an ... Read more

How to Cope with Suspicions in a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease

Elderly adults living with Alzheimer's disease can exhibit a wide range of behaviors and symptoms associated with their cognitive functioning decline. As the disease progresses and more brain cells are lost to the disease, your senior's perception of the world around them, and how they are able to interact with it, changes. For those in the moderate to advanced stages of the disease, this can include delusions and suspicions. Your parent may believe things that are irrational, or carry serious suspicions such ... Read more

Some Items That Enable Your Dad to Live Alone After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Your dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago. He's forgetful, but his doctor doesn't feel he needs to be moved from his home yet. As long as you're monitoring his safety and eliminating potential risks, he can age in place. How do you ensure he's safe? Here are five items you need to take a closer look at. Security Cameras It feels wrong. You've set up security cameras for the purpose of monitoring your dad from a distance. It does feel slightly ... Read more

Tips for Talking to Your Parent About Financial and Legal Planning After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

There are more than five million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. If you are the family caregiver for one of these people, it is likely that you have thought about what this disease will mean for your senior's future and for the care that you will need to give them. You already know that you will need to give them additional physical and emotional support, and eventually arrange for continuous care, such as through a ... Read more

What Kinds of Changes Might You Notice in the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease with Your Senior?

So many changes come with an Alzheimer's diagnosis. One that might be more difficult for you and your aging adult to manage can be the communication problems that Alzheimer's can bring. Here are just a few of the ways that your communication might change with your elderly family member. Trouble Finding Words for Common Items Once in a while you may even have trouble finding the right word for an object or concept. On its own, this doesn't mean that you or your ... Read more