Ask The Expert

Ask The Expert: Memory Care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia May Ehresman, Executive Director of Rittenhouse Senior Living of Indianapolis   Q: After much soul searching and careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I can no longer care for my husband who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease approximately 2 years ago. I thought making…

Alzheimer’s Safe Return IDs: Tips to Encourage Their Use • Give the ID jewelry as a gift • Ask the doctor to present the ID jewelry • Present the ID jewelry at different times of day on different days • Present the ID necklace as military dog tags • Place the ID bracelet on the…

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…

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…