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A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia for your loved one can be overwhelming. There’s a lot to think about, from medical care to emotional support, from daily logistics to planning for the future. Staying organized with paperwork may seem minor, but for caregivers, it can make everything you’re dealing with a lot more manageable.
Managing an Alzheimer's diagnosis, whether it's yours or that of a loved one, can feel incredibly overwhelming, isolating, and just plain difficult. These five content creators share their real experiences, tips, and resources with Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's is the most common form of Dementia and is characterized by how it impacts a human's behavior, thinking, and most importantly, memory. The symptoms can worsen over time, and the patient may have difficulty carrying out daily activities. Memory lapses, or mild memory loss, are usually one of the first signs of Alzheimer's disease and symptoms continue to worsen over time, although the rate at which the disease progresses can vary.
Alzheimer’s disease is the world’s most common form of dementia, affecting more than five million Americans over the age of 65, and approximately 200,000 Americans under 65 who are diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. It is characterized by problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s important to learn about the disease and it’s different stages so that you can get the right treatment and support.
Caring for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's can be overwhelming. However, in-home care can provide patients with a safe and comfortable environment and allow them to retain some degree of independence.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative brain disorder that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. The earliest symptoms of Alzheimer's usually begin to appear in people in their late 30s or early 40s, but because they are often mistaken for other health conditions, they may not be noticed. As the disease progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to diagnose and treat accurately.
Maria Montessori is famous for revolutionizing child development and education, but people of all ages can benefit from the Montessori approach, especially when learning new things. Applying Montessori principles to Dementia Care doesn’t infantilize people living with Dementia. Similarly to children, it empowers them to be independent and creative. For people living with Dementia, each day is an opportunity to rebuild, discover, and learn, and it’s on us to support them. If we embrace this growth mindset, imagine the possibilities.
Five years into her mother, Linda’s, mixed dementia diagnosis, Patti LaFleur made the decision to have her mother move in with her and stepped into the full-time caregiver role. A former kindergarten teacher, Patti had no prior experience as a caregiver. What she did have, however, was love and gratitude for her mother and the confidence that they would figure things out together.Patti’s raw and honest account of caring for her mother has inspired the caregiving community on social media. In addition to care tips, she’s shared her mom’s infectious laughter, their beautiful partnership, and how they’ve overcome obstacles. We sat down with Patti to learn more about her caregiving journey and the insights she has gained.
Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a difficult journey that millions of individuals in the United States are forced to tackle. Part of that caregiver journey usually includes managing your loved one’s medical care, including their medical history, prescriptions, and more. Having access to your loved one’s medical records is critical in being able to advocate for your loved one and manage their care. Jennifer Fink, who is caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s, shares her struggles with accessing medical records and how having them would have made a difference in her mother’s care.
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