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A symptom of dementia most people are familiar with is forgetfulness. Confusion is another. These are the two that are talked about most often. But there are other signs of the disease that aren’t as obvious. If you are an adult child of a senior who is exhibiting some changes in personality or behavior, you may be wondering if something is wrong.
The theory that exercise might slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia isn’t new. Research indicates that regular exercise might not only reduce memory loss, but also help keep memory intact. One study is particularly interesting.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or a related form of dementia at home can be difficult, especially as the disease progresses. Families frequently turn to memory care communities for help.
Model, restauranteur, and lifestyle maven B. Smith lost her battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s this week. Smith was well-known for being a fabulous cook and charming entertainer. When she lost her train of thought during a live demonstration on the TODAY Show in 2013, she feared the forgetfulness that had been plaguing her might be something more serious than the result of a hectic life. Her physician soon confirmed those suspicions.
When a senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or a similar form of dementia, families often begin to explore senior care options. Family members may need support with their elder’s personal care or help with keeping a senior safe while they are at work. Searching for short-term solutions may result in hiring a home care aide or enrolling in an adult day program.
Commercials are a highly anticipated part of the Super Bowl for many viewers. Companies go all out to compete for attention during one of the most watched—and most expensive—television events of the year. It is a powerful medium in which important messages can be communicated to the public at large, and this year’s called attention to the memory challenges faced by our aging population.
If it seems like you know more women who have Alzheimer’s than men, you aren’t alone. Research shows that almost two-thirds of seniors who have the disease are female. While both men and women can develop Alzheimer’s disease, women seem to be at higher risk. But are they really?
Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s, or another form of memory loss, can be emotionally and physically exhausting. The days often seem long and stressful no matter how dedicated you are to your family member. Finding things to feel grateful for might be a challenge.