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6 Ways to Defuse Anger in Alzheimer’s Patients

Some days caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is harder than others. There are lots of things that can make the day hard, but the thing I dread the most is my mom’s anger over something that didn’t even happen. And it’s worse when she directs that anger and aggression at me. Today was one of those really hard days. For my mom, these days s...

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How to Solve Hygiene Problems Common to People with Dementia

Odd or frustrating behaviors around clean clothes, bathing, oral care, hairstyling, and shaving seldom come "out of nowhere." Usually there's a trigger, and ways to work around it. Dementia Hygiene Problem: Wears Same Dirty Clothes Over and Over Possible causes the person: • Forgets the clothes are dirty after they're removed (so they never g...

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15 Cheerful Gifts for People with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia

15 Cheerful Gifts for People with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia Living with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or early stages memory loss can be scary. These 15 gifts for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other types of cognitive disorders will bring a splash of color and cheer into their lives! Some of the ideas are from the Alzheimer’...

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33 Things People Affected by Alzheimer’s Wish Others Understood

Every 67 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is now the sixth leading cause of death in the country. Because the condition is so prevalent, we figured it’s time to clear up some of the misunderstandings surrounding it. The Mighty teamed up with Hilarity for Charity, a part of...

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16 Things You Didn’t Know Happened In Dementia

You think of dementia as involving memory loss and confusion. But there's a lot more to it than that. Jo Bennett, 60, who has early-onset Alzheimer's, sees "black holes" in her bathroom tiles: "My brain tells me that those square black tiles are in fact holes that go right down to the bottom of the earth and you mustn't drop anything near them bec...

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Alzheimer’s disease and Personality Changes – What you can do

Alzheimer’s disease and Personality Changes One of the most distressing aspects of Alzheimer’s disease is the complete personality change suffered by many people. “This is especially distressing for the relatives and friends of the person with Alzheimer’s. The general behavior and personality of someone with Alzheimer’s often seems to ...

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3 STEPS TO UNDERSTANDING VASCULAR DEMENTIA

Vascular Dementia (VaD) is something we have all heard before, but may not be completely familiar with. In essence, Vascular Dementia is a blood flow problem to the brain that causes brain cells to be deprived of oxygen and nutrients. Symptoms can be both gradual and sudden in onset. To complicate matters more, these changes can be unpredictable a...

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10 Ways to Fall-Proof Your Home

87% of older adults aged 65 and older say that they want to grow old in their own home.  If they start falling, that may be the limiting factor that does not allow them to achieve their goal.  As a family member of an older adult or as an older adult yourself, there are several things that you can do to set up the home with fall prevention in min...

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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans Linked to Dementia

A growing number of veterans are returning from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and it may be increasing their risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in old age, a new study shows. PTSD is a growing problem in the military, where veterans exposed to the stress of combat put them at risk of depression, anxiety, sle...

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16 Things You Didn’t Know Happened In Dementia

You think of dementia as involving memory loss and confusion. But there's a lot more to it than that. Hallucinations are a common symptom of some kinds of dementia. Jo Bennett, 60, who has early-onset Alzheimer's, sees "black holes" in her bathroom tiles: "My brain tells me that those square black tiles are in fact holes that go right down to...

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