A Comprehensive Resource for Caregivers, Loved Ones and Alzheimer’s Patients
Today, September 21, 2012, is Alzheimer’s Action Day. This nationally recognized event aims to raise awareness of the need for continued education and research to combat this devastating illness. The Alzheimer’s Association notes that Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50 to 80 percent of all cases. Overall, 5.4 million Americans, and one in eight older Americans, have Alzheimer’s disease. More than 15 million family caregivers and other loved ones are providing unpaid care to those suffering from the disease, totaling a startling $210 billion in care.
To help raise awareness of the significant impacts Alzheimer’s disease has on families and loved ones, we’ve put together the Alzheimer’s Action Day Guide, a comprehensive resource covering the latest research, treatments, fact and figures, as well as informative tips for caregivers.
The the Alzheimer’s Action Day Guide contains:
To provide caregivers with valuable insights and information to aid in the task of caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, we interviewed a panel of 20 leading memory care experts. Each of our experts answered three pertinent questions related to caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s:
- Advice for Alzheimer’s Caregivers: This question evoked an incredible range of responses from our panel, resulting in a robust list of expert tips.
- Techniques for Treating Alzheimer’s Patients: When faced with the range of emotions that comes with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, it’s difficult to keep important points in mind. We tend to react, instead of taking a proactive approach in our own behaviors to help our loved ones cope with the difficulty of memory loss and other symptoms. These tips will help caregivers learn techniques for treating their loved ones in a way that helps them feel as though they’re maintaining their independence and own sense of self-worth.
- Key Questions to Ask About Alzheimer’s: This third and final question asks our expert panel for tips on getting the necessary information they need from healthcare providers and other caregivers. Asking these questions will help you identify other resources to assist you and your loved one along this difficult journey.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually not the same. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, while dementia is an overall term used to describe memory loss. This article will offer you a firm understanding of the differences between the two terms.
One of the most common questions asked is, “How do I know if my loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease?” Without an official diagnosis, there are many signs and symptoms that may lead you to think your loved one is entering the early stages of the disease. While diagnostics are improving, one of the most reliable diagnostic tests is a simple questionnaire still used by physicians across the U.S. If you suspect your loved one may have Alzheimer’s disease, check out this list of signs you may not be aware of – and consult a physician as soon as possible, as there are treatments that have been proven to slow the progression of the disease.
Dealing with the frustrating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease puts patients and caregivers on an emotional rollercoaster. One of the most frustrating aspects is a lack of understanding of why Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia and memory loss occurs. While we still don’t have a definitive cause, there are a number of factors that have been associated with memory loss. This article discusses 10 of the most common causes.
Diagnostic tests to detect Alzheimer’s disease are improving, but to date, there’s no globally accepted standard test that definitively diagnoses the disease. However, a group of researchers in Australia have developed a non-invasive eye test that can be used to detect Alzheimer’s disease based on findings that show the disease affects the eyes in addition to the brain.
Current treatment options consist primarily of medications that can help slow the progression of the disease. Here’s a look at the top 5 current medications used to treat dementia in the senior population.
Despair. Anger. Frustration. These are all common emotions you may experience upon learning yourself or your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, a devastating illness for which there is no cure. But there are treatments, and researchers are working towards more promising treatments every day. There are even some natural treatments that may help with the symptoms. We’ve rounded up a list of five non-medical treatments that actually work.
Lewy-Body Dementia is a very specific type of dementia that has some key differences when compared to traditional dementia. There are differences in symptoms, particularly during the early stages of the disease, and some standard treatments aren’t as effective in treating Lewy-Body Dementia. We’ve broken down all the differences for ease of understanding how the two differ.
AFA Teens is a national organization with the goal of engaging teenagers in the fight against Alzheimer’s. We had the opportunity to chat with Carol Steinberg, Executive Vice President of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America about the AFA Teens branch of the organization, its mission and efforts and the unique challenges the younger generation faces when coping with a loved one who suffers from the disease.
Tommy Whitelaw is publisher of Tommy on Tour, a short movie and blog chronicling Tommy’s journey to bring awareness to dementia and the challenges of caregiving for this population. Tommy’s inspiration is his 72-year-old mother, Joy, who suffers from vascular dementia. When he found himself as the primary caregiver for his mother and realized the need for further education and resources. Tommy took a few minutes to share some information with us about his tour to raise awareness.
Changes in environment can be stressful for Alzheimer’s patients. There are environmental factors and situations that can cause an increase or decrease in symptoms and behaviors. Read this guide to determine how to best prepare your loved one’s living situation.
If it’s come time to consider placing your loved one in a safe, nurturing environment with appropriate round-the-clock care, this guide to memory care breaks down costs, services, what to expect and more about the available memory care options.
When you or your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the first step in a successful journey is developing an understanding of what you’re up against and what options you have. The resources provided in this guide will help you learn how to cope with your emotions, understand what treatment options you have available and develop skills to enable you to continue a healthy, happy relationship with your loved one.
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