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The Signs and Stages of Alzheimer’s: Understanding Memory Loss in Your Loved One

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia today. It is a progressive, degenerative disorder that slowly damages and ultimately destroys brain cells. This process of neurological decline eventually leads to loss of memory and the ability to think and carry out normal daily tasks.

It is estimated that as many as 5.3 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease today. According to research conducted by the National Institute on Aging, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s doubles every five years beyond the age 65. By 2050, it is projected that as many as 16 million people could have memory loss.

The Alzheimer’s Association, the...

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Helping Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease Cope with the Challenges of Changing Environments

Dealing with significant changes in our lives can be difficult for many of us. Depending on the type and magnitude of the change, it can be uncomfortable, disconcerting or highly stressful. Psychologists point out that it often takes time for us to “process” major changes, deal with them and get our lives back on track.

For our loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, even small changes to their normal daily routine can seem significant. Because they are dealing with so much change in their lives already, seemingly minor things can be very challenging and provoke stress-related behaviors such as anxiety, agitation, anger...

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Caregiving Through the Holidays

Carmen Duren, Executive Director of Provident Village at Canton in Canton, Ga., says, “For most of us, the holiday season is a time of joy that we look forward to with great anticipation and excitement. It is a time for family, close friends and others we hold dear. It is also the season of giving, of love and of remembering the many blessings we have in our lives.

“As we’ve all experienced, it is also a very busy time of year with traveling, parties to attend, baking to be done, gatherings to be scheduled and a myriad of other seasonal activities – all of which can fill up our calendars and free time very quickly. For all the fun, the holidays...

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