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Diagnosing Alzheimer's & Other Dementias: Understanding Alzheimer's & Types Of Dementia (3 of 7)

Laurie Owen from Home Instead Senior Care and Dr. Jane Potter from the University of Nebraska Medical Center discuss how Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are diagnosed.

There are a wide range of healthcare professionals including psychologists, social workers, neurologists, geriatricians, or your internist, or a family doctor who can diagnose Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

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  1. May 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Posted by Fernando

    I helped move my mom from a one beodorm independent apartment in a residential care facility to a studio apartment. Mom is running out of money and I quickly. No one really anticipated this. The good news is that she has remained independent longer than we thought. (Mom has Parkinsons and a long term care policy that will kick in when she needs assisted living.) The bad news is that she will probably run out of money before she needs the care. I am exhausted and living in a fog. My sister is helping her unpack and settle in this weekend. She flew in from CA leaving her husband and two young girls who start school on Monday. I don't think she will get everything done with mom because mom will have to get rid of at least 50% more stuff to really make the small space work. I dread dealing with the left overs when she leaves. Mom has Parkinsons and needs more and more help. I thought I was in the thick of things 8 years ago when she was diagnosed and she moved from her condo. Now I realize that it is really just being for me. The last years of a move, multiple falls, emergency room visits, managing multiple medications well that is seeming easy now. I am not looking forward to the next stage. I am not looking forward to aging myself.

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  2. April 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Posted by Kathleen

    my mom is 96 and in rehab now. She is recovering from pnemonia. Physical thereophy is trying to get her to walk and she has such a fear of falling she cannot do this now. They are now using a lift maching to get her from a wheel chair or toliet to move her. she cannot get from a sitting position to her walker like she did a couple of weeks ago. She is putting her feet way out and trying to stand by pulling up on the walker and then screaming that she is falling. Is this a form of dementia?

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