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Alzheimer’s and Hallucinations, Delusions, and Paranoia

Due to complex changes occurring in the brain, people with Alzheimer’s disease may see or hear things that have no basis in reality. If a person with Alzheimer’s has ongoing disturbing hallucinations or delusions, seek medical help. An illness or medication may cause these behaviors. Medicines are available to treat these behaviors but must be used with caution. TheContinue reading “Alzheimer’s and Hallucinations, Delusions, and Paranoia”

Banner Health’s Dementia Untangled Podcast Featuring: “The Loneliness of Alzheimer’s with Susan Frick”

Podcast Link The Dementia Untangled podcast is back in 2023 with Season 6! Join us for our next episode where our guest speaker from Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Susan Frick, MSW, LSW, a social worker and director of Without Warning Support Group, talks about loneliness and Alzheimer’s disease. She untangles not only the feelings ofContinue reading “Banner Health’s Dementia Untangled Podcast Featuring: “The Loneliness of Alzheimer’s with Susan Frick””

Myths about Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, and millions of Americans are affected by the disease. It’s important to distinguish the facts from the myths about Alzheimer’s, especially when it comes to finding information online. A few common myths surrounding this disease are: Read about more common myths and get theContinue reading “Myths about Alzheimer’s disease”

When Should a Person With Alzheimer’s disease Stop Driving?

People with very mild Alzheimer’s may be able to drive safely in certain conditions. But as memory and decision-making skills worsen, a driver with dementia may not be able to react quickly enough, so they may need to stop driving. Signs that a person with Alzheimer’s should stop driving include: Comments from friends and neighborsContinue reading “When Should a Person With Alzheimer’s disease Stop Driving?”

Problemas médicos comunes en las personas con Alzheimer

A medida que pasa el tiempo, una persona con Alzheimer puede tener otros problemas médicos, al igual que todas las personas. Estos problemas pueden causar más confusión y cambios en su conducta. Es posible que la persona no tenga la capacidad de decirle qué es lo que le pasa. Esté atento a signos de otras enfermedades yContinue reading “Problemas médicos comunes en las personas con Alzheimer”

Five Common Medical Problems Among People with Alzheimer’s

Aside from the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a person with the disease may experience other medical problems over time. These problems can cause more confusion and behavior changes. If you are caring for a person with Alzheimer’s, it’s important to watch for signs of illness and tell the doctor about what you see. A fewContinue reading “Five Common Medical Problems Among People with Alzheimer’s”

Alzheimer’s Disease in People With Down Syndrome

Many but not all people with Down syndrome develop Alzheimer’s disease when they get older. People with Down syndrome are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, which carries a gene that produces a specific protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP). Too much APP protein leads to a buildup of protein clumps called beta-amyloid plaques in the brain.Continue reading “Alzheimer’s Disease in People With Down Syndrome”

Checklist: Next Steps After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult. However, having accurate information and support can help you know what to expect and what to do next as the disease progresses. Explore steps you can take after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis with this checklist. #AlzheimersAndBrainAwarenessMonth