Alzheimer's Disease Articles

The 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease: What to Expect

The 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease: What to Expect

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common conditions to impact the senior community today, and is also one of the most tragic diseases out there. Alzheimer’s impacts thinking, language, problem solving abilities, and memory. It can even change a person’s personality as it progresses....

Intimacy, Marriage and Alzheimer's Disease

Intimacy, Marriage and Alzheimer's Disease

Talking about intimacy and sexuality is never easy, from the time we are youngsters until we are very old and wise. Sex is part of our lives, and when combined with Alzheimer's Disease, it can problematic....

Managing Agitation Behavior in Alzheimer's Patients

Managing Agitation Behavior in Alzheimer's Patients

One of the greatest impacts on quality of life for families and their loved ones with Alzheimer's Disease is the presence of agitation behavior in the middle stages of the disease process. More than half of patients with Alzheimer's Disease exhibit some type of "agitation" behavior over the course of a year....

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....