disaster

Advance preparations • If your loved one lives in a residential facility, find out about its disaster and evacuation plans. Ask if you will be responsible for evacuating your loved one. • Whether your loved one lives with you, or you are a long-distance caregiver, make sure evacuation plans include his or her specific needs.…

eating

Importance of Regular Eating Proper nutrition is important to keep the body strong and healthy. Regular nutritious meals may become a challenge for people with dementia. They may become overwhelmed with too many food choices, forget to eat or think they have already eaten. If the person is having difficulty eating, ask yourself the following…

dementia

Is there a difference between Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease? Dementia is a general term for a group of brain disorders. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 50 to 70 percent of cases. This fact sheet briefly discusses Alzheimer’s and some other dementias. All types of dementia involve mental decline that:…

Is an Assisted Living right for you or your loved one? A consumer checklist of Important Services, Amenities and Accommodations in Assisted Living Communities. Print out this guide and bring it with you as you tour a community. Click here for a printable checklist and questions to ask! What to look for when visiting Assisted…

bathing

Bathing is often the most difficult personal care activity that caregivers face. Because it is such an intimate experience, people with dementia may perceive it as unpleasant or threatening. In turn, they may act in disruptive ways, like screaming, resisting or hitting. Such behavior often occurs because the person doesn’t remember what bathing is for…

alzheimer association

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Get more information by visiting our Alzheimer’s experts in your area at SeniorsGuideOnline.com     The basics Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia,…

genetic testing

Researchers have observed that having a parent or sibling with Alzheimer’s disease does increase one’s risk somewhat above the general population’s risk of developing the disease, but such a family history should not cause undue anxiety. Nonetheless, some people with such family histories, and some without such histories, wish to have a genetic test that…

stages

  Experts have documented common patterns of symptom progression that occur in many individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and developed several methods of “staging” based on these patterns. Progression of symptoms corresponds in a general way to the underlying nerve cell degeneration that takes place in Alzheimer’s disease. Nerve cell damage typically begins with cells involved…

fda approved

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are five prescription drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat its symptoms. Donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine and tacrine are called cholinesterase inhibitors. Memanatine is classified as an uncompetitive low-to-moderate affinity N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist. Both types of drugs help manage symptoms, but…

mild cognitive impairment

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a general term most commonly defined as a subtle but measurable memory disorder. A person with MCI experiences memory problems greater than normally expected with aging, but does not show other symptoms of dementia, such as impaired judgment or reasoning. Compared with the large body of information about Alzheimer’s disease,…