Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative brain disease which affects memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. It is the most common form of dementia. There is no evidence to show that Alzheimer's disease is inherited.
Alzheimer's Disease is the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. From onset until death, the disease lasts from 3 - 18 years with 8 years being the average.
Memory loss that affects skills.
Difficulty performing familiar tasks.
Language problems such as forgetting simple words,
speaking in incomprehensible sentences
or substituting inappropriate words.
Disorientation in time and place.
Poor or impaired judgement.
Problems with abstract thinking.
Mood changes or behavior changes.
Changes in personality.
Loss of initiative.
Signs of Caregiver Stress includes:
Headaches and/or stomach aches.
More easily upset.
Cry and/or get angry more.
Often catch colds.
Feel you cannot cope anymore.
Eat, smoke, and/or drink more.
Depending on the person, stress signs differ.
The Little Boy And The Old Man
Said the little boy, "Sometimes I drop my spoon."
Said the little old man, "I do that too."
The little boy whispered, "I wet my pants."
"I do that too", laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, "I often cry."
The old man nodded, "So do I."
"But worst of all", said the little boy,
"it seems grown-ups don't pay attention to me."
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
"I know what you mean", said the little old man.
This is a great link! It includes a journal of a womans walk through daily life caring for her mother. Also lots of good suggestions & helpful links to ways of coping with & helping your loved one.
NINDS Alzheimer's Disease Information Page.
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