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Why Aren't Patients with Alzheimer's Disease Getting a Timely Diagnosis?

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/20/2015 to Dementia Education
With the four most common causes of cancer, physicians reveal the diagnoses to their patients 90% of the time. For a sampling of patients with Alzheimer's disease, the rate was only 45%. Why aren't patients with Alzheimer's disease getting a timely diagnosis?

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's Disease: Aphasia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 5/13/2015 to Communication Tips
Learning about the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in dealing with them. This is the last part in the series and describes the symptom called Aphasia, or difficulty with communication. It explains why the person might repeat themselves or answer all questions with an "I don't know" or "I don't care".

Mother's Day Gifts Appropriate for the Mom with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/30/2015 to Dementia Activities
Knowing what to buy the mother with memory loss can be challenging. Use this gift guide to find some ideas that are appropriate and that can be both enjoyable and beneficial.

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's Disease: Amnesia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/29/2015 to Dementia Education
Understanding the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in managing them. This is part four of five and describes the symptom called Amnesia, or the loss of memory, which includes short-term and long-term memories, and more.

Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month Brings New Outlook for Patients

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/28/2015 to Daily Living Tips
In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson's Disease are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have it. April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, so is a good time to learn more about this condition, including how it can lead to Parkinson's-related dementia.

Occupational Therapy: Helping People with their Unique Music of Life

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/22/2015 to Dementia Activities
Occupational therapy is a unique profession. It is a lot like music. Just playing "Do - re - mi" are the building block notes, but alone are not much. But add in a crescendo, a cymbal crash, or a key change and now you have music. Occupational therapy is similar - considering not only the building blocks but also leading to all things that make the 'music of life' for that person.

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's Disease: Agnosia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/15/2015 to Environment/Safety Tips
The person with Alzheimer's disease can have trouble identifying objects and/or faces correctly. This is not due to their vision but rather a symptom called Agnosia, which is one of the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease. 

Activities for Alzheimer's - A 'Treatment' of Choice

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/7/2015 to Dementia Activities
Activities is an under-recognize and under-utilized 'treatment' for Alzheimer's disease. Learn here what activity in dementia care is, how the research shows it can help, and how you can help keep the person with dementia active.

The 5 A's of Alzheimer's Disease: Apraxia

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 4/1/2015 to Daily Living Tips
Understanding the five A Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease can be helpful in managing them. This is part two of five and describes the symptom called Apraxia, when there is a breakdown in the body movement and planning to do a task. 

5 Items to Spark Conversation & Smiles with the Person with Alzheimer's

Posted by Monica Heltemes on 3/26/2015 to Dementia Activities
Visiting the person with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia can be a bit intimidating for some. These 5 activity items are easy to take along and will promote interaction and an enjoyable visit for all.

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