Early Signs of Alzheimers
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Are you suspicious that you or loved one is developing Alzheimer's disease? Watch this video to learn about the early signs of the disease.
Transcript: Is a misplaced set of keys a sign of Alzheimer's disease? No. However, memory loss MAY be a sign of Alzheimer's...
Is a misplaced set of keys a sign of Alzheimer's disease? No. However, memory loss MAY be a sign of Alzheimer's if it REPEATEDLY DISRUPTS daily life. Other possible indications of Alzheimer's include: PERSISTENTLY misplacing possessions, forgetting about appointments and events, and repeating the same questions or stories. In addition, a person may be developing Alzheimer's if he or she has confusion or forgetfulness when handling tasks that used to be a BREEZE, such as making dinner, paying bills, driving to a relative's house or simply playing a favorite board game. In the early stages, a person may also have trouble following conversations or recalling familiar names and words. A new reliance on someone else, whether it's for help in completing daily TASKS or making simple DECISIONS, is also potentially a sign of developing Alzheimer's. If these behaviors sound familiar, consult a doctor. There is no single test that can diagnose Alzheimer's. And many other disorders can cause memory problems. To learn more about diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, check out the other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-09 | Tags »
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As a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, your life can be challenging. Watch this video for tips on caregiving for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Transcript: Taking on the role of caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease might've been natural...
Taking on the role of caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease might've been natural for you, but the love you have for your partner or parent doesn't make your RESPONSIBILITIES any LESS difficult. Let's run down a list of tips that might make your job a BIT easier. First, remember to take care of YOURSELF. Don't de-prioritize YOUR needs. Continue eating well and exercising on your own. Go see a movie. Take a yoga class. Find ways to DE-STRESS. Look for local programs called respite services-they can take over care for a few hours and allow you to do what you need to keep your life functioning. I also strongly suggest finding a support group for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease-you may need to talk with someone who knows what you're dealing with. Those support groups may also help you develop the VAST stores of patience and understanding you'll need as a caregiver. Whether it's dealing with your wife repeatedly dropping silverware or your father's grumpy attitude, you should take a deep breath and remind yourself that their behaviors are symptoms of their illness. In the early stages, make sure the lines of communication are kept open between you and the subject of your care. They should tell you when they need alone time, and vice versa. Open communication is also necessary when discussing legal, financial and end-of-life matters - all of these decisions should be made before your loved one reaches the later stages of disease. But if the conversation goes off track, don't get mad or try to change how they see the world or how they act-it's not something they have control over. And go with their flow of the conversation. Your role as caregiver is certainly demanding, but all you can do is try your best under the tough circumstances. Ask your loved one's doctor for more resources and ADVICE, and DON'T hesitate to lean on friends and other family members for support. In many situations the best care option for the Alzheimer's patient is NOT at home-particularly in advanced stages. You do not have to feel guilty about providing a medically and socially supportive environment where 24-7 attention can be paid. In addition, studies show it's also important for the health of the caregiver - allowing you to provide care for longer than if you kept the person at home.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-11 | Tags »
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Alzheimer's treatments include a number of medications that help slow down the disease. You can get detailed information about these in our video here.
Transcript: Alzheimer's disease is an incurable, degenerative disease that robs a person of their memory and ability...
Alzheimer's disease is an incurable, degenerative disease that robs a person of their memory and ability to function independently. Thankfully, there ARE two types of medications that sometimes help soften the blow. Alzheimer's disease destroys the brain cells that release acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter heavily involved in memory, judgment and other brain functions. CHOLINESTERASE INHIBITORS work by slowing the BREAKDOWN of acetylcholine. Some experts believe that these drugs can delay the worsening of symptoms for up to a year, although the results vary widely. Three cholinesterase inhibitors are approved for various stages of Alzheimer's. Memantine-which is the only NMDA receptor antagonist prescribed for Alzheimer's disease-- is approved to treat moderate to SEVERE stages of the disease. It works by blocking the actions of EXCESS glutamate-an essential information-processing chemical. When nerve cells are damaged by plaques or tangles, glutamate levels rise significantly and trigger cognitive problems. People who take this drug may exhibit a small improvement in mental abilities and daily function. In addition to taking medication, Alzheimer's patients benefit from moderate exercise, social interaction and mental stimulation. All three MAY slightly improve symptoms and mood. To find out more about Alzheimer's, take a look at other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-11 | Tags »
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