sundown syndrome

Sundown syndrome — also called sundowning — is a behavior common in people with Alzheimer’s disease. It describes the confusion, anxiety, agitation, or disorientation that often occur at dusk and into the evening hours. The episodes may last a few hours or throughout the night. While the exact cause of sundown syndrome is not known,…

treatments

Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, there are medications that can help control its symptoms. In addition, treatments are also available to help manage agitation, depression, or psychotic symptoms (hallucinations or delusions), which may occur as the disease progresses. Consult a physician before taking any medications. FDA-Approved Drugs There are five…

treatments

Dementia is a progressive deterioration of intellectual function due to the death of brain cells. Dementia can be caused by medical conditions such as hypothyroidism or stroke, drug toxicity or brain injury. Some conditions are treatable, and others cause irreversible brain damage. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is irreversible, and in western countries, it accounts for more…

adult day care

Adult Day Care centers are designed to meet the needs of individuals with dementia and to support their strengths, abilities and independence. Centers typically have staffed activities such as music and exercise programs and discussion groups. Why Use an Adult Day Care Center? One reason to use an adult day center is to give yourself…

warning signs

Memory loss that disrupts everyday life is not a normal part of aging. It may be a symptom of dementia (dih-MEN-shuh), a gradual and progressive decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) disease, a disorder that results in the loss of brain cells. 10 Warning Signs of…

activities

Activities are the “things that we do,” like getting dressed, doing chores, playing cards – even paying bills. They can be active or passive, done alone or with others. Activities represent who we are and what we’re about. A person with dementia needs assistance from a caregiver to organize the day. These planned activities can…

helping a family cope

  The following are tips and things one can do to in helping a family cop with an aging crisis.  In particular, helping a family cope with a recent diagnosis and dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia support. 1 Stay in touch – show you care a card, a call or a visit all mean a…

alzheimer's

Physical appearance contributes to a person’s sense of self-esteem. For the person with alzheimer’s or dementia, choosing and putting on clothes can be frustrating. The person may not remember how to dress or may be overwhelmed with the choices or the task itself. There are many reasons why the person with Alzheimer’s might have difficulty…

stages of alzheimer

Some people tend to ask, “what are the stages of Alzheimer’s?” or “where can you find options for this illness?” Alzheimer’s is an ongoing, growing disease that with age can affect many seniors in different ways. Experts have come up with a way to explain the changes in a person’s abilities and functions by forming…