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The Threat of Alzheimer's Disease Complicates Future Care Decisions

Waiting to learn whether you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease is an uneasy time, one usually filled with turmoil and uncertainty. But you may be able to find comfort in facing the disease head on and establishing a plan for your future with Alzheimer's.

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Can New Medical Tests Improve Senior Life?

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that there are currently 5.2 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease. And nearly all experts agree that number will skyrocket to as many as 16 million by the year 2050, barring any new developments in diagnosing and treating this disease.

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Is the Call for Dementia Research in Senior Healthcare Being Heard?

With over 5 million Americans facing Alzheimer’s disease, it is no wonder that it is a disease that has been put in the senior healthcare spotlight as more and more prominent men and women in our country step up as advocates.

In February of 2014, comedian Seth Rogen sat before a U.S. Senate subcommittee to tell the story of how early onset dementia is affecting his family. With this address, Rogen joined a long list of famous names such as Penny Marshall, Maria Shriver and Bryant Gumbel in calling for more funds to go into research aimed at fighting the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

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Town Shows How Senior Healthcare Can Revolutionize America

Across the country, more than 5 million men and women suffer from dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. As the population ages, the agency predicts more than 7 million people will have the disease by 2025, representing a 40 percent increase. By 2050, the Alzheimer’s Association says that number could top 13.8 million, assuming no treatment has been found to prevent the disease or slow its progression.

National movements to make communities dementia-friendly is a concept that has taken hold in Europe, but has been slower to take root in the U.S. But some states, and individual communities, have begun to take matters into their own hands, creating their own programs and holding collaborative summits to share knowledge and gain a better understanding of the needs of people with dementia.

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Can an At-Home Test Detect Risk Factors for Senior Brain Fitness?

There’s a moment of stunned disbelief when a parent or spouse or other loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Though you struggle with the diagnosis, you you’ve already noticed a few red flags— obvious memory loss or other indicators of cognitive decline.

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The Emotional Impact of Alzheimer's on You and Your Loved One

We recently spoke on how the struggles of Alzheimer’s and other memory support caregivers dominate the discussion of the topic. After investigating the experience of real men and women who have been diagnosed—their thoughts, fears, and experiences living with cognitive dysfunction—we’re once again turning the dialogue on its head with more real life stories from people who are living with memory loss and the caregivers who support them.

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Living Alone with Alzheimer's

 

The right to live in your own home without fear for your safety, privacy, or property is a fundamental and inalienable human right—set down in writing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations.

Article 12
“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”

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You Aren’t Alone in Caring for a Cincinnati Senior with Dementia

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, the majority of senior care given in the United States is provided by family caregivers just like you. Whether you’re running home during your lunch break to take your father to his doctor’s appointment or rearranging your entire life to accommodate the daily care needed by a loved one. You are one of more than 44 million hardworking adults that “make up the backbone of the… long-term care system” for older adults in the United States.

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Caring for Older Adult Parents with Alzheimers or Dementia

 

If a loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you’re likely experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions and concerns—worry about how you’ll be able to provide the care your loved one needs, uncertainty in what to expect from the disease, fear that your loved one will change, angry that this has happened to your family.

Adjusting to the reality of dementia isn’t easy. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t need to shoulder the responsibility of caregiving alone.

The more support you have and the more informed you are, the better you will be able to help your loved one adjust to their changing abilities.

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