Information about Alzheimers Disease.
December 17, 2006 3:30pm CST
I have a Great-Grandmother who suffers from Alzheimers and just wanted to share some information about this disease. What Is Alzheimers'? Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. As Alzheimer’s progresses, individuals may also experience changes in personality and behavior, such as anxiety, suspiciousness or agitation, as well as delusions or hallucinations. Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, new treatments are on the horizon as a result of accelerating insight into the biology of the disease. Research has also shown that effective care and support can improve quality of life for individuals and their caregivers over the course of the disease from diagnosis to the end of life 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's: 1. Memory loss. Forgetting recently learned information is one of the most common early signs of dementia. A person begins to forget more often and is unable to recall the information later. What's normal? Forgetting names or appointments occasionally. 2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks. People with dementia often find it hard to plan or complete everyday tasks. Individuals may lose track of the steps involved in preparing a meal, placing a telephone call or playing a game. What's normal? Occasionally forgetting why you came into a room or what you planned to say. 3. Problems with language. People with Alzheimer’s disease often forget simple words or substitute unusual words, making their speech or writing hard to understand. They may be unable to find the toothbrush, for example, and instead ask for "that thing for my mouth.” What's normal? Sometimes having trouble finding the right word. 4. Disorientation to time and place. People with Alzheimer’s disease can become lost in their own neighborhood, forget where they are and how they got there, and not know how to get back home. What's normal? Forgetting the day of the week or where you were going. 5. Poor or decreased judgment. Those with Alzheimer’s may dress inappropriately, wearing several layers on a warm day or little clothing in the cold. They may show poor judgment, like giving away large sums of money to telemarketers. What's normal? Making a questionable or debatable decision from time to time. 6. Problems with abstract thinking. Someone with Alzheimer’s disease may have unusual difficulty performing complex mental tasks, like forgetting what numbers are for and how they should be used. What's normal? Finding it challenging to balance a checkbook. 7. Misplacing things. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places: an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl. What's normal? Misplacing keys or a wallet temporarily. 8. Changes in mood or behavior. Someone with Alzheimer’s disease may show rapid mood swings – from calm to tears to anger – for no apparent reason. What's normal? Occasionally feeling sad or moody. 9. Changes in personality. The personalities of people with dementia can change dramatically. They may become extremely confused, suspicious, fearful or dependent on a family member. What's normal? People’s personalities do change somewhat with age. 10. Loss of initiative. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may become very passive, sitting in front of the TV for hours, sleeping more than usual or not wanting to do usual activities. What's normal? Sometimes feeling weary of work or social obligations.
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18 Dec 06
Alzheimer's disease can cause a person to exhibit unusual and unpredictable behaviors that challenge caregivers, including severe mood swings, verbal or physical aggression, combativeness, repetition of words, and wandering. These behavioral changes can lead to frustration and tension, for both people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. It is important to remember that the person is not acting this way on purpose, and to analyze probable causes and develop care adjustments. Common causes of behavior changes * Physical discomfort caused by an illness or medications * Overstimulation from a loud or overactive environment * Inability to recognize familiar places, faces, or things * Difficulty completing simple tasks or activities * Inability to communicate effectively Tips for responding to challenging behaviors * Stay calm and be understanding * Be patient and flexible * Don't argue or try to convince the person * Acknowledge requests and respond to them * Try not to take behaviors personally * Accept the behavior as a reality of the disease and try to work through it
• United States
17 Dec 06
I am very familiar with this disease. My mother in law had to move in with us because of it. Things progressed to the point we had to put her in a nursing home which is not an easy decision to make. Sometimes you have to make hard choices in order to keep your loved one safe. But you can be comforted by the fact that the loved one usually doesn't know what is going on. This disease is usually much worse on the caretakers and family than on the patient. Good luck with your grandmother and I hope you can still manage to have a happy holiday.
• United States
17 Dec 06
It's really bad. I'd say she's delt with it for atleast 10 years if not more. She doesn't know who most family are anymore, including myself and my sister. She doesn't remember that her husband passed away years ago and her hygeine has gone out the window.
• United States
18 Dec 06
Thanks so much for the information. My MIL is in the early stages of Alzheimer's and we are seeing many of these symptoms. It is indeed scary to watch her go through this, and it is very hard on my FIL. We don't live near them, so we only see them a few times a year. It's very heard to see the differences each time we visit for a weekend. Bev
18 Dec 06
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18 Dec 06
good ypu shared this info...it is a disease ppl know very less about. and what makes it worse is that there is no treatmemt for this. ppl suffering from this are miserable and they donot even realise it. the real sufferers are ppl who love them because its an agony to see your loved ones in this condition. One of my uncles suffer from this and generally ignorant people make a joke of him which hurts us. god bless all the ppl and their families!!!