Alzheimer’s: Drugs Help Manage Symptoms

(MayoClinic) Alzheimer’s still has no cure, but two types of drugs can help manage symptoms of the disease. Learning you have Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating. Working with your health care team can help you find the best strategies to manage your symptoms and prolong your independence. Alzheimer’s drugs might be one strategy to help […]

Tips for Managing Common Symptoms and Problems in Dementia Patients

(HelpGuide) As a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it can be extremely worrying to experience behavior problems such as wandering, aggressiveness, hallucinations, or sleeping and eating difficulties. Many behavior problems are made worse by a poor environment and an inability to deal with stress. By learning how to make changes in […]

Alzheimer’s and Sleep Problems

(WebMD.com) People with Alzheimer’s disease go through many changes, and sleep problems are often some of the most noticeable. Most adults have changes in their sleep patterns as they age. But the problems are more severe and happen more often for people with Alzheimer’s. You might notice that your loved one: Sleeps a lot more than […]

Hallucinations, Delusions, and Paranoia Related to Dementia

(AgingCare.com) According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, the major psychiatric symptoms of middle stage Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia include hallucinations, delusions and paranoia. About 40 percent of dementia patients experience delusions, while hallucinations occur in about 25 percent of cases. When a senior is experiencing hallucinations and delusions, their caregiver often […]

Depression and Alzheimer’s Disease

(American Academy of Physicians) When doctors talk about depression, they mean the medical illness called major depression. Someone who has major depression has symptoms nearly every day, all day, for 2 weeks or longer. These symptoms can include: feeling sad or numb crying easily or for no reason feeling slowed down feeling restless and irritable […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: Wandering and Getting Lost

(Alzheimer’s Association) Six in 10 people with dementia will wander. A person with Alzheimer’s may not remember his or her name or address, and can become disoriented, even in familiar places. Wandering among people with dementia is dangerous, but there are strategies and services to help prevent it. Who is at Risk of Wandering? Anyone […]

Traveling with Dementia

(Alzheimer’s Association) If a person has Alzheimer’s or other dementia, it doesn’t mean he or she can no longer participate in meaningful activities such as travel; but it does require planning to ensure safety and enjoyment for everyone. Deciding to Travel Whether taking a short trip to see friends and family or traveling a far distance […]

Forgetfulness: What’s Normal, What’s Not

(Keck Medicine of USC) How well do you remember what you did last week? Memory loss is not always a sign of aging. Learn when you need to be concerned. Misplace your car keys? Forget someone’s name? Lapses in memory happen to all of us, and there are times when we wonder whether these slips […]