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Care Partners Corner


An ongoing series of Inspirational and informational  entries



Experts suggest that 5.1 million Americans age 65 years and older may suffer from Alzheimer's disease.  Its prevalence could tripled by 2050 if interventions are not found.


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Dementia disrupts the ability to process thought, remember clearly and logically reason.


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Wandering is not a choice.


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Early​ diagnosis is key, be aware of the signs and symptoms of A​lzheimer's.


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Eat Healthy My Friend.

One orange provides 130 percent of your vitamin C needs for the day.


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More than 43,000 Nevadans have Alzheimer's disease.


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Heart health benefits both body and brain health.


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Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

Studies indicate that the disorder may rank third, behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people.


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Happy Easter!


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Please Join us for our Crusin for the Cause Poker Run.


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Please Join us for our Spring Conference in Laughlin.


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Please Join us for our Spring Conference in Laughlin.


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Happy Valentines Day!!


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Many people with Alzheimer's disease wander away from home.  Learning how to limit the risk of wandering will give you peace of mind.


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Mild Alzheimer’s Disease

Signs and Symptoms


difficulties with:

cognition/thought process

wandering

money management

repeating oneself

completion of normal daily tasks

personality and behavior


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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!  FROM US TO YOU.


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This holiday season remember; people with dementia can easily be over stimulated.  Create a backup plan.


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There is Power in Touch.


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Music evokes emotions that bring memories


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According to the Nevada State Plan to Address Alzheimer's disease 

More than 41, 000 Nevadans have developed Alzheimer's disease

Unfortunately this number rises by the minute

Get Support


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Alzheimer's can be isolating & can lead to depression.

Get Support.


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Alzheimer's disease is abnormal.


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Eat Healthy My Friend

Decrease saturated fats and trans fats


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Cherish the Moments

Cherish the Memories


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Frototemporal Dementia

Symptoms vary depending on the areas of the frontal and temporal lobes are damaged.


Areas of noticeable Change

Behavioral

Language

Semantic Dementia


Symptoms can be very subtle at first but they slowly get worse as the disease progresses.


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Symptoms of Alzheimer's

When you misplace things or put things away in strange places.

Example: Ice Cream in the Cupboard.


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Symptoms of Alzheimer's

When you begin to have problems with language and communication.


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Question: is losing your memory a normal part of getting older?

Answer: No


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Symptoms of Alzheimer's

When memory loss significantly impacts daily life.


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Symptoms of Alzheimer's

When you forget how to do things you have always done

ex: meal prep, dressing, driving, reading


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Is your loved one a Veteran?  If so take this into consideration as the condition progresses.  You might notice long term memories of the military resurfacing.  This is normal, in fact it is a common occurrence.  The key is to roll with it instead of resisting or correcting the behavior when it is safe to do so.


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Early Stage or Mild Alzheimer's disease

In the beginning stages of the condition people experience symptoms which are typically abnormal to them.  Often times this begins with abnormal memory loss.

For Example:

  • We all get lost from time to time especially if our environment is not familiar to us.  However, a person with this particular condition may live in the same place several years and now is having a hard time finding their way home
Or
  • An individual who is typically good with money and numbers perhaps an accountant or banker who is now suddenly experiencing problems balancing their own check book or paying their bills on time

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Changes in Personality and Behavior

Because AD causes brain cells to die, the brain works less well over time. This changes how a person acts. You will notice that he or she will have good days and bad days.

Here are some common personality changes you may see:

  • Getting upset, worried, and angry more easily
  • Acting depressed or not interested in things
  • Hiding things or believing other people are hiding things
  • Imagining things that aren't there
  • Wandering away from home
  • Pacing a lot of the time
  • Showing unusual sexual behavior
  • Hitting you or other people
  • Misunderstanding what he or she sees or hears

National Institute on Aging



When writing the story of your life, don't let someone else hold the pen.


Zig Ziglar



Is life not interesting?  Sometimes adversity comes from the most unexpected places.  Breathe, it gets better.


ADC



The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.


Carson McCullers



Happy New Year Friend.  

With a new year brings new hope. 

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.


Desmond Tutu