Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia – articles and other resources
Dementia is a serious, debilitating challenge but it can be managed in ways that support the quality of life for both patient and caretaker. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be for the road ahead.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be frightening both for you and your loved ones. It’s normal to worry about what will happen and how you will adjust, and it’s also normal to grieve as you deal with this enormous adjustment. Educating yourself about your disease and making important decisions early can help you feel more in control during this difficult time. Starting treatment right away is also important, as early intervention can prolong independence and help you continue to live life fully. You’ll also want to work hand in hand with your family members and make sure that caregivers have the support and assistance they need.
Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is challenging, but you can ease your journey by taking care of yourself emotionally, creating a supportive environment, and continuing to make time for the people you love.
Is memory loss a problem?
Interpreting the score:
- 0 to 4: No cause for concern
- 5 to 14: Memory loss may be MCI, an early warning of Alzheimer's
- 15 and above: Alzheimer's may have already developed
This questionnaire is not intended to replace professional diagnosis.
Source: BMC Geriatrics
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Alzheimer’s and dementia: the basics
- Alzheimer's Disease: Symptoms, Stages, Diagnosis, and Coping Tips
- Understanding Dementia: Signs, Symptoms, Types, and Treatment
- Alzheimer’s & Dementia Prevention: How to Reduce Your Risk and Protect Your Brain
- Recognizing Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Warning Signs & Diagnosis
- What’s Causing Your Memory Loss? It’s Not Necessarily Alzheimer’s
Types of dementia
- Vascular Dementia: Signs, Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment of Multi-Infarct and Other Types of Vascular Dementia
- Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinson’s Dementia: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment
- Lewy Body Dementia: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Caregiving for Dementia with Lewy Bodies
- Huntington’s Disease: Symptoms, Treatment, and Hope
- Pick's Disease: Signs, Symptoms, and Support for Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: Types, Symptoms, and Treatment
Caregiving for Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care: Planning and Preparing for the Road Ahead
- Alzheimer's Behavior Management: Tips for Managing Common Symptoms and Problems in Dementia Patients
Being a family caregiver can be rewarding but it can also be very challenging. Whether you’re devoting yourself to the unpaid care of an elderly, chronically ill, or disabled family member, help is available. There are numerous resources and community services available for caregivers—everything from adult day care centers to respite services. More >>
Grief and loss
It’s natural to grieve when faced with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Learn more about the grieving process and what you can do to process these complicated feelings. More >>