With multiple trials taking place simultaneously, this mean we need hundreds of thousands of people start this research without delay. We as scientists provide the science and the ideas, but we can't do anything without the help of people invested in this research to commit.
Sundowning is one of the many side effects of dementia that experts have yet to fully understand. However, many professionals believe that dementia may cause damage to the body's internal clock, which is why sundowning is so common.
A great deal of emphasis has been placed on helping those with dementia overcome their sleeplessness. While a full night of rest is important for any person in order to stay healthy, focused and energized, it is even more crucial that those with dementia are getting a full night of sleep.
As a 19-year-old helping to take care of an 81-year-old with Alzheimer's, I began to reflect on how this disease will affect future lives. Millennials like myself need to acknowledge the fact that we will become the manifestations of some horrifying statistics.
Currently, age is the greatest known risk factor for Alzheimer's. However, family history also plays a role and should be taken into consideration as many look for answers about their risk for the disease.
Fortunately, you don't have to be a physician, scientist, memory care specialist, or music therapist to make meaningful connections through music. So dust off that piano or CD player, or better yet, warm up your voice and start singing!
When I received the diagnosis I cried much of the time. I lost weight. I didn't want to tell anyone about it. I kept wondering -- why me? I felt like an impaired person. I had spent all my life helping other people and here I was needing so much help myself.
Preparing young people for the drastic changes that will take place over the progression of this disease can help make their interactions with their loved one with Alzheimer's better and more effective.
Artists Ivan Neville, Anton Fig, Blondie Chaplin, Corey Glover, Adam Ezra and others will perform with The Young Presidents on July 25th at New York's The Cutting Room. Anton Fig talks about the event and more in the below interview.
Like many diagnosed with Alzheimer's, my mother was angry and hostile in the early phases. Four years later, she's helpless and docile. The woman who managed a busy medical practice has no idea what day or year it is.
We'll see more senior citizen wanderers in cities, parks, suburbs, and wilderness. Search and rescue teams do their best to mitigate the often-devastating effects of wandering, but they can't prevent the incidents.
Remember that as a caregiver you deserve time to yourself and that you are doing this to make yourself a better caretaker for your loved one. Not taking care of yourself will only harm your loved one in the end.
Imagine waking to an unfamiliar hospital-looking room. You recognize no one; you can't remember how you got there. Everyone you ask lies. This is not a Kafkaesque torture scene. It is happening here in America, to my 87-year old father.