The Three Faces of Alzheimer’s Disease

The Three Faces of Alzheimer’s Disease

Many are aware of the seven stages of Alzheimer’s and the symptoms associated with each.  However, there are also three classifications, or types, used to diagnosis the disease: Early-onset Alzheimer’s; Late-onset Alzheimer’s; and Familial Alzheimer’s. The majority of patients living with Alzheimer’s experience confusion, memory loss, trouble making decisions, and increasing difficulty performing simple daily […]

Alzheimer’s Aggression:  Causes and Management

Alzheimer’s Aggression: Causes and Management

Sadly, aggressive behavior in Alzheimer’s patients is fairly common. Over time, behavior that includes cursing, hitting, grabbing, kicking, pushing, throwing objects, scratching, screaming, biting, even making strange noises, can turn loved ones into strangers. Alzheimer’s aggression is one of the primary reasons people decide to move a loved one to a nursing home. No one […]

Coping with Communication Challenges

Coping with Communication Challenges

Communication is difficult for those living with Alzheimer’s.  As the illness progresses, patients often struggle to find the right words, or forget what they want to say.  Caregivers, too, become frustrated when they cannot understand what their loved one tries to convey to them. Some communication challenges resulting from Alzheimer’s disease include: –Trouble finding the […]

Music is Good Therapy for Mind, Body and Spirit

Music is Good Therapy for Mind, Body and Spirit

Have you heard? As a caretaker for your loved one with Alzheimer’s, you can use music as a tool in helping to connect with each other in profoundly positive ways. That’s because music affects the brain much like a workout affects our bodies. The mental exercise of listening to music, like physical exercise, increases the […]