Where Is the Joy in Alzheimer's Caregiving?

Where Is the Joy in Alzheimer's Caregiving?

I took care of my husband, Tom, at home through the duration of his years with Alzheimer's. I did it with private home health care, respite breaks for short vacations, and what amounted to a great deal of personal determination, because I wasn't exactly encouraged to take this challenge on....

Tips on Sundowning in Alzheimer's Patients

Tips on Sundowning in Alzheimer's Patients

Experts say that all types of agitating behaviors are forms of communication. Your loved one is trying to tell you something even though the disease has robbed them of other ways (i.e., talking) of telling you. Perhaps your loved one is frightened or fatigued and does not know how to express it in words....

Tips on Wandering in Alzheimer's Patients

Tips on Wandering in Alzheimer's Patients

Wandering is one of the biggest risks for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease. In 1999, 32,000 individuals with Alzheimer's Disease wandered away from their homes or care facilities....

Estrogen and Alzheimer's Disease

Estrogen and Alzheimer's Disease

The role of estrogen in maintaining women's health is discussed frequently in the media. Recently, estrogen has received attention because studies have shown an association between the use of this hormone and a lowered risk of Alzheimer's disease....

Forgetfulness: It's Not Always What You Think

Forgetfulness: It's Not Always What You Think

Many older people worry about becoming more forgetful. They think forgetfulness is the first sign of Alzheimer's disease. In the past, memory loss and confusion were considered a normal part of aging. However, scientists now know that most people remain both alert and able as they age....

Alzheimer's Disease Facts

Alzheimer's Disease Facts

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common cause of dementia in older people. A dementia is a medical condition that disrupts the way the brain works. Alzheimer's Disease affects the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language....

Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease

Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease

Genes play a complex and not yet fully understood role in all living things. Their part in Alzheimer's Disease is no exception....

What Is Alzheimer's Disease?

What Is Alzheimer's Disease?

In Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, problems with memory, judgment, and thought processes make it hard for a person to work and take part in day-to-day family and social life. Changes in mood and personality also may occur. These changes can result in loss of self-control and other problems....