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Memory Loss: Lack of Awareness Points to Dementia

CaregiverStress2Middle aged and worried about your memory slips? You probably don’t have dementia. The majority of the memory slips that concern this age group, and even those significantly older, are due to stress and other factors rather than impending dementia. However, researchers have now found that people who are suffering from memory loss but are unaware of their problem are most likely developing the disease.   

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Pursing Creative Arts Could Help Delay Alzheimer's

ArtBrushesCompleting crosswords, making a habit of Sudoku and playing challenging brain games on the Internet have long been suggested as methods of maintaining our cognitive health. These are all fine pursuits, but recent research by Mayo Clinic has shown that creative arts such as painting, drawing and sculpting may protect the mind against cognitive decline even better than the commonly used forms of brain exercise.

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10 Tips to Ease Alzheimer’s Sundowning

NighttreesMany people who have Alzheimer’s disease experience times, generally as daylight fades and evening approaches, when their symptoms intensify. This phenomenon is called sundowning. It’s thought that sundowning stems from a combination of factors such as disorientation due to lack of light, natural fatigue and abnormal disruptions in the body clock. While there’s no cure for sundowning some medications can help. Lifestyle changes can be a vital part of managing sundowning behavior, as well. Below are some tips that may help you and your loved one cope with this often frustrating end-of-day behavior: 

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Independent, Capable Elder Should Be Celebrated Rather than Restrained

DrivingRelaxDear Carol: My mother is 84-years old, exceptionally healthy and stubbornly independent.  She hires people to do outdoor work for her small home and does the rest herself. She’s still driving. Mom hasn’t had any accidents and she doesn’t drive at night or in busy areas. She has assigned me Power Of Attorney, but she shows no signs of poor thinking so I haven’t needed the documents yet. Mom really is remarkable and she wants to stay in her own home but my brother and I worry about her.  How do I get her to accept more help or to move to a place where she’ll at least have people available in an emergency? I live about a half hour away. Stuart

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Dementia Boot Camp: Training to Be a Caregiver, Part 2

Brain7An aide pushed a wheelchair toward me, mentioning “the one in the black pants.” I was wearing black jeans.

“This one’s hospice?” she asked the woman who brought me in.

“Yeah,” she said. “I’ll put her in this chair,” the woman said. “No one who uses this chair lives long, anyway.”

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Dementia Boot Camp: Training to Be a Caregiver, Part 1

Minding Our EldersPlease wipe this mess off of my face. Please!

Don’t go so fast, I can’t swallow! I’m not ready for a drink yet.

Is this bite going to be hot or cold? Sweet or bitter? Pureed meat or pudding?  

Please wipe my face!

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Adult Children Should Accept Reality of Dad’s End-of-life Wishes

CommunicatingDear Carol: My husband is seriously ill with lung disease. He also has crippling arthritis and neuropathy. His children from a previous marriage have been grown adults during our 15 years together and we used to get along fine. They don’t live in our community and don’t visit often, but now that my husband is so ill they feel that they must control his care. All three want aggressive care for their dad even though my husband decided years back that when he got to this stage he wanted comfort care. The kids consider palliative care giving up and blame me for their dad not wanting to “keep fighting.” I’m tired of being the recipient of their anger over their dad’s health. Virginia

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Capgras Syndrome: An Exceptionally Disturbing Type of Delusion with Dementia

CryingWoman...Capgras is a type of delusional misidentification syndrome (DMS) that may present due to any number of neurological diseases or psychiatric disorders. Although the exact prevalence of this disorder is unknown, a 1999 study estimates that it is present in between two and thirty percent of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Negative Thinking: Could Your Life Have Been Happier?

... Brain9Hospice has found that many people wish at the end of life that they had allowed themselves to be happier. Happy doesn’t necessarily mean we are happy with every circumstance. It simply means accepting where we are in life and making the best of it. 

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Hospice Care about Re-Focusing Priorities, Not Giving Up

HandsComfortOur culture is steeped in language that makes accepting the terminal diagnosis of ourselves or a loved one more difficult to accept than it needs to be. Doctors say, “I’m sorry, there’s nothing more we can do. You might want to look into hospice care.” Patients tell their doctors that they want “aggressive treatment,” until there is nothing else that can be done, then they will go on hospice care.   The crux of these conversations is that medicine will do everything possible and then when you give up you will go on hospice care. 

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