Alzheimer’s Activities – 6 Things To Do With Alzheimer’s Patients

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Alzheimer's Activities, Patient Care

Alzheimer’s Activities – 6 Things To Do With Alzheimer’s Patients

BingoFinding things that you can do with the person that has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia should be based on the persons ability as well as the time you can devote to the activity itself.

Here are 6 types of activities that the person with Alzheimer’s might enjoy:

1.  Physical activities:  Take a walk, toss a ball, lift light weights, wash the car

2.  Social activities:  Talk, play cards or board games, visit friends,  go out for coffee or a meal

3.  Creative activities: Paint, play a musical instrument.

4.  Intellectual activities: read a book, do a cross word puzzle

5.  Work related activities: Type, make notes, fix something.

6.  Spiritual activities: Pray, attend a service, sing a hymn.

Planning activities for the person with Alzheimer’s disease is best when you can continually explore, experiment and adjust. Always consider the person’s strengths  and abilities; as well as their likes and dislikes.

source: Alzheimer’s Association

 

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Alzheimer’s Care Boynton Beach

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Alzheimer's Care at Home, Alzheimer's Help, Caregiver Support

Alzheimer’s Care Boynton Beach

Alzheimer’s Care Boynton Beach in home care and senior care services can be arranged by calling ElderCare at Home Boynton Beach. Alzheimer’s care Boynton Beach services by ElderCare at Home provide caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia the ability to receive high quality, affordable in home Alzheimer’s care.

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10 Warning Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Diagnosis and Treatment

10 Warning Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease

10 warning signs of alzheimersAs we get older our memory changes. But changes in memory that affect and disrupt our daily life are not typically part of the normal aging process.

When loss of memory begins to interfere with ones ability to get through the day, it may be a symptom of dementia. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which is a fatal disorder that results in the loss of brain cells and brain function.

The following list,  originally published by the Alzheimer’s Association, provides 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

  1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

National Memory Screening Day – Free Memory Screenings

Tuesday November 18th is National Memory Screening Day.  If you are concerned about your memory, contact the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center to schedule a free, confidential screening.  Screenings can be done in their office or in your own home.

You can reach the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center at 561-588-4545 or visit their website at www.alzheimerscareresourcecenter.org

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How to Find Out If Your Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Diagnosis and Treatment

Preventing DementiaHow to Find Out If Your Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

When caregivers  call us to inquire about our programs and services, we spend some time talking about the patient’s diagnosis.  So often we speak with caregivers who “think” their loved one has Alzheimer’s disease but can’t tell us how the diagnosis was made. It’s important to find out if your loved one has a probable Alzheimer’s diagnosis or if his or her symptoms stem from another type of dementia or neurocognitive disorder.

The first step in finding out if your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease is to be aware of the symptoms and to follow-up with your loved ones physician. This initial visit should be with the physician that your loved one is most comfortable with.  It may or not be with a neurologist.  There is no single doctor that specializes in diagnosing or treating memory disorders and many people feel more comfortable with the family doctor that they have seen for many years.

That being said, it’s important that should the family doctor recommend diagnostic procedures or refer you to a neurologist, that your loved one will be willing to go.  We have found that most family physicians or primary care physicians (PCP) will refer the patient to a specialist.  This could be a neurologist who specializes in diseases that affect the brain; a psychiatrist who specializes in disorders that affect mood and the way in which the mind works; or a psychologist who has special training in memory and other mental functions.

Because there is no single test that can definitively show that someone has Alzheimer’s disease, a full medical workup is performed to evaluate the persons overall health and to rule out other causes of memory loss and cognitive decline.

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Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry! JOIN NOW!

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Alzheimer's News

Alzheimer's Prevention RegistryLast week I was invited to participate in a webinar that was hosted by the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) to learn more about the “Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry”. (API)

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry is a partnership of twelve leading health organizations who have come together to end Alzheimer’s disease. As part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, also championed by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry is an international collaborative that was formed to launch a new era of Alzheimer’s prevention research.

The Registry is focused on evaluating the most promising therapies in cognitively normal people who, based on their age and genetic background, are at the highest imminent risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease symptoms.

We are at a critical moment in Alzheimer’s disease research with one in nine Americans age 65 and older lives with Alzheimer’s disease. If current trends continue, 16 million Americans will suffer from the disease by 2050.

Obviously any research endeavor is limited by the ability to enlist support from people willing to take part in the study process. The Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry strives to overcome this hurdle by engaging people 18 and older of all races and ethnicities who are committed to ending Alzheimer’s, whether or not they have a family history of the disease.

Over 44,000 people have joined the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry and I encourage you to join too!  We must accelerate Alzheimer’s prevention research NOW! But 80% of studies fail because too few people sign up. Will you help change that? You can join here or visit their website for more information at www.endalznow.org

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute provided an incentive for the writing of this post.

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