Posts Tagged ‘alzheimer’s’

3 Tips for Staying Hydrated with Alzheimer’s

Welcome to summer! This glorious season brings extra concern for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Hydration is always an issue for people with Alzheimer’s, since they may forget to drink, or may have swallowing problems or other difficulties ingesting enough liquid. Try these tips to help your loved one with Alzheimer’s get the fluid…

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5 Dehydration Risks in People with Alzheimer’s

Hello, summer! Along with a renewed opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, this lovely season brings additional reason for caution when caring for someone with  Alzheimer’s. Dehydration is a risk all year round, but during the summer, caregivers need to be especially watchful. The following five issues put Alzheimer’s patients at extra risk of dehydration. They…

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5 Tips to Help with Sundowner’s Syndrome

The change in the clocks has extra significance for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. While most people’s activity levels wind down as the light fades, people with Alzheimer’s can become more active — and more anxious. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, this behavior, known as Sundowner’s Syndrome, affects approximately 20% of people with Alzheimer’s.…

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Dementia and Delirium: 5 Key Differences

You visit Dad in the hospital, and he asks you why he’s in a flower garden. You’re trying to talk to Mom, but she can’t follow the flow of conversation. If your parent is over sixty-five, you may wonder if you’re seeing the onset of Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. However, that’s unlikely.…

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Is it Alzheimer’s or Is it Normal Aging?

Mom forgot where she put her purse. Dad struggled to remember his brother’s name. Moments like these make everyone wonder: Is it Alzheimer’s or normal aging? Since June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, we at Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation are presenting a short guide to knowing the difference. While we might be…

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Silver Alert Bill For Alzheimer’s Heads To Alabama Senate

A Silver Alert Bill passed in the Alabama house and now goes to the Alabama senate. The bill give helps find missing persons who suffer from Alzheimer’s.     Today, more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and the numbers are increasing, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.   Silver Alerts: What Are They? Silver…

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Benzodiazepines May Shorten Life Span In Adult Alzheimer’s Patients

Benzodiazepines possess sedative, hypnotic, anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, and muscle relaxant properties. They  boost the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which reduces the activity of neurons that cause stress and anxiety. Examples of benzodiazepine drugs are: Xanax, Xanax XR Onfi  Klonopin  Tranxene  Librium  Valium, Diastat Acudial, Diastat  Ativan       Benzodiazepines: Why/When Are They Prescribed? Benzodiazepines are tranquilizers and are…

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Alzheimer’s Patients Using Advance Directives To Refuse Hand Feeding

Alzheimer’s patients who did not want to be kept alive with feeding tubes or other artificial means have for years had a way out. They signed a document to halt such interventions, using advance written directives. While still lucid, they wrote down these crucial end-of-life decisions before the disease robbed them of their mental capacity. But…

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Dementia: Is It Declining In Our Senior Citizens?

Dementia and Alzheimer’s rates have dropped significantly in the past 10 years, a new study shows.   The number of dementia cases dropped from 73 among those born before 1920, to just 3 among those born after 1929. The reasons for this decline are uncertain, but perhaps connected to concurrent lower diabetes rates. When participants entered…

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