By Daniel Kuhn
This version contains the most recent info on Alzheimer’s chance elements, remedies, and prevention, in addition to a brand new bankruptcy, Voices of Experience,” composed of reflections via kinfolk. It additionally presents information regarding new medications licensed on account that 1999 and the federal government’s choice to hide counseling and different health-related prone via Medicare.
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The forgetfulness was becoming more commonplace—simple things like where she put things around the house. I noticed another classic sign in the repetitiveness. We also noticed a drastic change in her personality over the past year—she wasn’t as outgoing or adventurous as she used to be. So we had her evaluated by a neurologist who confirmed what we had suspected from the start. Robert recalled a particular event that triggered his awareness of his mother’s loss of recent memory: The first time I noticed a real problem was after her hysterectomy, when she was recovering in the hospital.
Thus, identifying AD when it coexists with another condition can be difficult. qxd 20 2/17/2003 3:44 PM Page 20 A L Z H E I M E R ’ S E A R LY S TA G E S disease or mistake it for a related condition. For example, a person who is severely depressed may be forgetful in ways similar to a person with AD. Many reversible forms of dementia such as major depression, pernicious anemia, brain tumors, hypothyroidism, infections, and nutritional deficiencies may mimic the symptoms of AD, and many medications can induce memory impairment and other symptoms associated with the disease.
It is important for you to remember that verbal and physical outbursts are symptoms of the disease, and should not be interpreted as personal attacks. There is almost always an underlying cause that triggers these unpleasant occurrences. To the person with AD, hostile remarks and acts may be means of self-defense in response to situations that they perceive as threatening or to the confusion wrought by the disease. It may take some detective work on your part to figure out what triggers the antisocial behavior and how to minimize it or prevent it from happening again.
Alzheimer's Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers by Daniel Kuhn