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Alzheimer's & Dementia

Dementia is a general term referring to a decline in various cognitive functions. Although decline in memory is dementia's best known characteristic, it can also include decline in one’s aptitude, attention, and judgment. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and is a chronic disease...

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When someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, figuring out care options can be overwhelming. At first, it may be less challenging to care for them, but over time, it will likely become more difficult, and likely frustrating. Before you decide upon a long-term care plan, you should be armed with facts to help you make the best decision for all.
It may be awkward visiting friends or family members whose dementia has progressed to the point where they no longer recognize you, but your visit is still important. The Alzheimer’s Society recently conducted a survey of people diagnosed with dementia and, of the 300 survey respondents, 64 percent report that since their diagnosis they have felt isolated from friends and family.
The stress of caring for the physical needs of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is compounded by major personality changes that often appear in the latter stages of the disease. Agitation, aggression, anxiety and depression fall under the umbrella of neuropsychiatric syndromes, and these disorders arise as brain cells deteriorate.