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Frequently Asked Questions

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"I would like to learn more about the type of interventions you mention in the Stories."


The type of intervention mentioned in the story is a program for health education in Support Groups, where caregivers are offered information regarding the disease. Learning more about the disease allows the caregivers to better understand the behavioral changes their patients may present and to find strategies to solve daily conflicts. This can mean a better quality of life for the patient.


 "Some doctors mention senile dementia before actually diagnosing a person with Alzheimer's. Do you have any information regarding this?"


Senile dementia is a syndrome characterized the by memory's deterioration and does not fit the criteria for Alzheimer's disease. It is diagnosed when cognitive symptoms start after a person is 65 years old and can represent a transitional stage between normal aging and early stages of Alzheimer's disease.


"I am my father's caregiver and he requires full time attention all day. I know how to take care of him and I think we're doing fine. How do I know if I'm doing things right?"


Alzheimer's natural evolution leads towards severe stages where people will suffer from motor function complications, complete dependency, mutism, and difficulty in daily activities. The caregiver's goal in these stages should be to ensure the patient's safety and quality of life.


In many cases, there will only be one primary caregiver, but there should always be strategies to share the care. For good caring, a caregiver needs these essential elements: enough rest, time for him or herself, support groups, and to maintain the activities he or she likes to do.


"Where are the comments and the available help on this website?"


We apologize for the delays. The comments on the website are approved individually, in other words, one person reads them and then approves them. Due to the amount of comments that flow in, this process can be slow- but they will appear eventually. The questions that you send, via comments or our e-mail, are analyzed by our experts and then answered. Again, we apologize if the system is slow but our goal is to provide you with the best service and quality information.


"What types of doctors specialize in this type of care?"


Both neurologists and geriatric doctors are considered medical specialists when it comes to the care of dementia patients.


"Can you tell me a little about treatment for people with Parkinson's?"


The goal of pharmacological treatment for Parkinson's patients is focused on slowing down the disease's progression and maintaining the person's motor functions. It is essential to maintain, as long as possible, the independence and the quality of life of the patient.


"I need to find information about an Association in my area."


We need to know where you are writing from, so that we can provide you with the best information on associations or support groups. Search engines, such as Google o Yahoo can work as well. It can be as simple as typing in the name of your city or zip code and "Alzheimer's Association".


 "Can you describe alcohol-related dementia?"


The amnesiac disorder caused by chronic alcoholism, also known as Korsakoff's syndrome, can cause memory problems. This is due to a thiamine deficit, which is the effect of prolonged excessive alcohol ingestion.


"How do I know if a person truly can't remember or is just pretending?"


60% of the time, forgetfulness in an aging person, is normal. These do not generate changes in the person's daily functions and they do not escalate in intensity or frequency. Examples of this are forgetting where they left their keys or suddenly forgetting what they were going to say.


You can read more about it here: Normal Aging and Dementia.


"Do we know why dementia occurs?"


For the last few years, doctors have been studying Alzheimer's disease from every angle. These studies have led to the improvement of various things, including: diagnostics exams, new ways to handle behavioral changes and the number of medications to treat the disease. Currently, three genes have been identified as related to early on-set Alzheimer's and one gene has been identified as a risk factor for late-set Alzheimer's. Unfortunately the innovations related to what causes the disease have not progressed as quickly as the actual symptoms of the disease.


Asking for help was hard at first. I wanted my children to believe their father was fine!

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