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Month: November 2015

What I learned from People with Alzheimer’s

What I learned from People with Alzheimer’s

Spending my days with senior adults, many of them have Alzheimer’s. So what have I learned from this wonderful group? Most of it boil down to one fact that is not all that different from the rest of us.  They want to be loved. Some examples include: I have one lady that sighs every time a hand is placed on her shoulder. I have another man who constantly says “I love you.” I have a lady that claps her hands…

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10 Types of dementia

10 Types of dementia

We hear the terms dementia and Alzheimer’s, but exactly what do they mean. There are actually several types of dementia. First let’s define the term dementia.  It is a general term for a loss of memory or other mental abilities that are severe enough to interfere with day to day life. So what are the types of dementia? Alzhiemer’s disease—most common type of dementia. Vascular dementia-often occurs after a stroke Dementia with Lewy bodies—have abnormal aggregations of the protein alphasynuclein…

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7 stages of Alzheimer’s

7 stages of Alzheimer’s

There are 7 stages of Alzheimer’s No impairment Minor memory problems, such as losing things Mild memory and cognitive problems Poor short term memory Significant confusion and more help with day to day activities Need for constant supervision Nearing death For more detailed information on these stages check these links at: Alzheimer’s.net and Alzheimer’s.org

10 early warning signs of Alzheimer’s

10 early warning signs of Alzheimer’s

Are you wondering if a loved one has Alzheimer’s? Some of the early warning signs include: Challenges in planning or solving problems Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure activities Memory loss that disrupts day to day life Problems with speaking and writing words Confusion with time and place Trouble understanding visual images, distance and colors and other spatial relationships. Poor judgement calls Withdrawal from work or social activities Misplacing things and the inability to find them Changes…

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Alzheimer’s awareness month

Alzheimer’s awareness month

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness month. This was designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.  Ironically, President Reagan would go on to battle Alzheimer’s himself in later years. According to Alzheimer’s.org, less than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s in 1983. Today, more than 5.4 million suffer from the disease. How have you been effected by Alzheimer’s? How can you spread the word about Alzheimer’s?