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Understanding Alzheimer's & Types Of Dementia (1 of 7)

Laurie Owen from Home Instead Senior Care and Dr. Jane Potter from the University of Nebraska Medical Center help you better understand Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. Other types of dementia include Vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, and Frontotemporal dementia.

Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are not a normal part of aging. Some researchers think you may lower your odds or delay the onset of getting dementia by exercising, eating well, staying socially active, and using your brain.

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  1. December 29, 2012 at 10:14 am | Posted by Marjorie R. Seldon

    Re your Home Instead Senior Care video on Alzheimer's disease, which I initially found and watched on AOL, PLEASE don't introduce yourself and your intention with the reflexive pronoun "myself." Good grammar is key to effective communication. "Dr. Jane Potter and I will teach you about Alzheimer's disease," not "Myself and Dr. Jane Potter will teach you...." Even if this is a regional tic, it distresses and distracts those of us who respect the English language and its usage, and although this may be unfair, we expect healthcare professionals to speak correctly and effectively. My mother and her sister suffered from Alzheimer's disease. My mother had early-onset Alzheimer's. Symptoms were obvious when she turned 60, and she lived for 19 years in torment and tormenting others. She was an English teacher and later a guidance counselor. Let's honor her memory even as we educate the public! Thank you, Marjorie R. Seldon Writer/Publicist, Bradenton, FL

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  2. April 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Posted by Paul Hartman

    I'm 86 years old and the full time care person for my wife of 61 years, June, who is diagnosed with Parkinson's.She has increasing dementia and I can hardly understand anything she says. About three years ago she fell in the kitchen and broke her left hip. She had a full hip replacement and spent three months in rehab She was mostly wheelchair bound. One year later she tried to get up and answer the door, when I didn't hear the bell, and broke the femur in the same leg. Another three months in rehab in the nursing home! About a year after that we were at an appointment with her neurologist when she complained of some pain in her right side. The Doctor suggested she have an ex-ray. The ex-ray showed the right hip was broken and it looked like it was broken a long time. That required another hip replacement. It would not stay in the socket so it had to be removed again. She spent another three months in the rehab. Now I have her at home with me and after many months of home therapists treatment we are on our own now. She can't walk even with a walker because her legs are rigid. But now I am getting Chiropractor treatments for my back so I try not to have to lift her anymore. I put her to bed with a portable, plywood lift that I built. I also installed an electric lift in the bathroom for the toilet duties. I had to make a harness to hold her up because I can not dress her and hold her up at the same time. I am also waiting for the delivery of a handicap van so I don't need to lift her into the car and out. I want to have her home with me as long as I am able to take care of her. I kid with her and tell her that when we were married, and I would have known what "For better or for worse" meant; I would have said "NO WAY"; but I don't mean that. I met her when I had an eye injury at work and was sent to the hospital as a complete bed rest patient. A pretty student nurse had to feed me with a spoon. I didn't dare lift my head. Well, she is the one who became my wife. Now I am her nurse. I owe it to her and love doing it. .

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  3. April 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Posted by Donna

    It is deficult disease.You have to accept these people as the are. Give them lots of love and peaceful atmosphere!

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  4. April 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Posted by Susana

    I am a Personal Support Worker, I respect my seniors i believe they are so amazing in their own right, they need all the love we can give them in return of the love we were given by our parents as we grew older, i am an advocate for them and i wish many people that read this messages can put their hand at their heart and help and make a sweet smile be part of their seniors face once again....

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  5. April 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Posted by Joan

    I would like to see this in a printed pamphlet so we can refer back to it often.

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  6. April 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Posted by Meg

    My Mother is a victim of Dementia caused by her own doing. Years ago she started drinking, and mixing perscription drugs, creating her own cocktail is what I call it. Alcoholism is a fierce demon to try and fight, add that to a loved one who has had a stroke, mini strokes, been through chemo and radiation and has a stubbourn disposition already...it spells trouble with a capital T. I gave up my life in Oregon in 2010 to go home and care take my Mother. She had her car taken away from her and had the State of Arizona to face with classes, fee's and some jail time due to drinking and driving and two car accidents in one day. It took quite awhile to get the court to understand that she is mentally incapable of complying with their probationary rules. It was very difficult helping her, everything positive that I came up with would not be accepted, it is still that way today. Due to the fact that she wants to be left alone so that nobody interferes with her alcohol. She is incapable of keeping up a decent lifestyle where she cares for herself, her pets and her home in a normal, caring way. I ended up giving up the ship because I became pretty ill trying to care take her and survive myself. I live with some guilt now and hurt from time to time in making this decision. I have seeked out help for her that is even free, and she still will not accept it. She does have her clear moments and that is when I can see the mother I love so much. My Mom was strong most of her life, went back to school twice!, and to end up like she is now is really a tragedy.

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  7. April 13, 2012 at 9:20 am | Posted by Ellen Pollak

    My husband who is now 84 has Alzheimer's for many years. I kept him at home with the questionable help of Aides most of whom were not well trained and I ended up waiting on them! I changed agencies 4 times in a 2 year period and had more than 20 different Aides come to my house. I was appalled at the lack of help at a cost ($$$). I finally moved my husband to an Assisted Living facility with a dementia unit near my home and that worked well, he didn't know where he was but seemed to enjoy the attention. Then the administration changed and his care went downhill. I finally hired an Aide 24/7 and found someone well trained and very devoted. I also found another, smaller facility nearby but they had to put him on their waiting list. After 6 months they had an opening and he moved there 7 weeks ago and is getting much better care. The cost is double what I had been paying, but he worked hard all his life to earn the money I am now using for his care. I visit 3 times a week, he's often asleep and no longer talks to me when he is awake but I feel it's important that I stop by.The people who care for him here are very devoted and caring. He no longer recognizes our adult children and the other day didn't know who I was but unfortunately that's the nature of the disease. We've been married more than 61 years and I certainly didn't expect this tho I now have found out that his grandmother had some form of dementia. No one in the family said anything at the time but my husband's youngest brother recently mentioned it. Life is not easy but I do have 8 grandchildren and many friends who understand as best they can.

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