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7 Stages of Alzheimer’s

THE SEVEN STAGES OF ALZHEIMER’S are helpful in finding the words to discuss Alzheimer’s. Caregivers find them particularly useful in support groups, as well as in conversations with doctors, family and care professionals.

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What Causes Sundowning? Frustration or Chemistry?

In “SUNDOWNING SYNDROME,” people with dementia show high levels of anxiety, agitation, overactivity and delirium. It typically occurs in late afternoon and evening, before their normal time to go to bed. Learn how brain biology explains “sundowning.”

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Doorway Memory Loss Explained

Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to forget what it was? It turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses. Can this contribute to dementia’s wandering, confusion and problems with traveling?

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10 Gift Ideas When Living with Alzheimer’s

DEMENTIA GIFT IDEAS: People with Alzheimer’s may lose abilities, but feelings still matter. What once wasn’t much of a gift, may now be a great one. What were nice presents may no longer be right. See these thoughtful suggestions.

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Why I Stoppped Driving

Bud, a strong military man, shares what bothers him the most about his dementia. See what he has to say about driving, Alzheimer’s and the new balance he has achieved regarding the things he will and won’t do.

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Guns & Dementia

Elderly Americans are the most likely citizens to own a gun AND the most likely patients to have dementia. How great is the danger? What should be done?

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A Grandchild for One Day Keeps Dementia Away

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Red Plates for Eating with Dementia

If you couldn’t see your mashed potatoes,  you probably wouldn’t eat them. That’s why what “The Red Plate Study” found was astonishing! Alzheimer’s patients eating from red plates consumed 25 percent more food than those eating from white plates. Find out why.

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It looks like a sneeze cannot give anyone Alzheimer’s. While Alzheimer’s abnormal disease proteins do spread from cell-to-cell, they are not “infectious”. Check out the facts.

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