Alzheimer’s disease generally progresses over three stages: early, middle, and late. Those diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s still have a largely “normal” life and everyday routine, but may struggle with memory lapses. Middle-stage Alzheimer’s is very different, as those same individuals require a new, more specialized level of care. Often, their daily life needs readjusting. The middle stage typically lasts the longest and can develop into the late stage, the most severe, which sees the patient losing the ability to care for themselves and having trouble carrying on with conversations. Due to the middle stage’s long-lasting effects, it’s important for family…> Read More
Wondering if music can help someone with Alzheimer’s? While certain areas of the brain experience memory loss and impairment, studies have shown that the memory of music generally remains unharmed in patients. So playing music is often something they will remember, even if they’ve forgotten the names and faces of loved ones. Listening to music can also help to improve mood, reduce agitation, and alleviate anxiety and depression, no matter what stage of the disease a patient is in. Here are some ways to use music to benefit your loved one. Play Their Favourite Tunes Music is a powerful tool…> Read More
Are you concerned that your parents might be developing Alzheimer’s disease? Forgetting a person’s name or turning off the TV is normal. But when it starts happening all the time, then it’s meant for concern. Alzheimer’s is a serious progressive disease that is difficult to diagnose in the early stages. Only as the disease progresses do people start to show symptoms related to memory loss and cognitive decline. But if left untreated, the symptoms can become debilitating, significantly impacting one’s quality of life. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are treatment options that can lessen the symptoms. So,…> Read More
It’s not uncommon for people to confuse Alzheimer’s disease with dementia. Even though they have similar symptoms, there are many differences between the two that you should be aware of, especially if you are a caregiver of someone who’s living with one or the other. Here we’ll outline how the two diagnoses are both similar and remarkably different. Similarities They Cannot Be Prevented So far, neither Alzheimer’s or dementia can be prevented with certainty. You can, however, reduce your chances of developing either of these by eating healthy, staying active, and continuing to learn and challenge your brain. The Likelihood…> Read More
Alzheimer’s Disease is a degenerative brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory and cognitive abilities. There are over 100 diseases and conditions that can mimic Alzheimer’s, so it is easy to immediately think you or a loved one have developed this incurable scourge. Fortunately, many other conditions that are similar to Alzheimer’s disease are treatable. We will highlight the most common early symptoms of Alzheimer’s and then discuss 8 other conditions that are similar. Early Alzheimer’s Symptoms Memory loss that affects daily life, especially recently learned information. Driving to familiar places may become difficult, or forgetting important dates, or the day of the week. Repetitive questioning is another early symptom. Difficulty solving problems or doing familiar tasks like paying bills and cooking dinner. Many tasks will take longer to do. Problems with words and vocabulary, both spoken and written. Changes in mood and/or personality, like confusion, suspicion, fear,…> Read More
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