Posts Tagged ‘aging’

Three Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Myth 1: Memory loss is a natural part of aging. Reality: In the past people believed memory loss was a normal part of aging, often regarding even Alzheimer’s as natural age-related decline. Experts now recognize severe memory loss as a symptom of serious illness. Whether memory naturally declines to some extent is a research challenge still being addressed.

Myth 2: Alzheimer’s disease is not fatal. Reality: Alzheimer’s disease has no survivors. It destroys brain cells and causes memory changes, erratic behaviors and loss of body functions, and eventually leads to death.

Myth 3: Only older people can get Alzheimer’s. Reality: Alzheimer’s can strike people in their 50s, 40s or even 30s. This is called younger-onset Alzheimer’s. It’s estimated that there are as many as 200,000 people with Alzheimer’s in the US who are under age 65.

Adapted from: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_myths_about_alzheimers.asp

 

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: More Resources for You

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

AARP (http://www.aarp.org/) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over. It’s dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as they age. It leads positive social change and delivers value to members through information, advocacy and service.

The organization’s website contains a vast amount of information for caregivers. Most of this is located in the CaregiverResourceCenter- http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/. It includes tools, work sheets and tips on how to plan, prepare and succeed as a caregiver. In addition it has posts of important items in the news, active online discussion groups, columns by various experts, and a “Take Care” blog, just to mention a few of the Center’s features. 

There are also literally hundreds of short, helpful articles in the following main categories:  Getting Started, Providing Care, Housing Options, Legal and Financial Issues, and End-of-Life Care. 

Although the Center doesn’t focus exclusively on caring for Alzheimer’s patients, it does have a wealth of information that can be of value to Alzheimer’s caregivers.  I urge you to check it out.