If you are in the situation of caring for a loved one and have made a commitment to placing a loved one on a nursing home placement list, be prepared for the vast array of mixed emotions that might arise when you get that much awaited (or dreaded) call. While you may look forward to lightening the burden that has accompanied your caregiving commitments, you may also feel a deep loss, much like grief. This is normal.
Is this really my mother? She's walking around in circles, yelling and cursing about people "breaking into her house." This exhausted, disheveled woman with fear in her eyes and venom in her voice is a nightmare vision, a grotesquely distorted version of my mom. This is life with an Alzheimer's victim.
47 million people worldwide are affected by the incurable disease.
World Alzheimer's Day is Sept. 21.
The epidemic of Alzheimer's takes an enormous toll: as the disease ravages the brain, robbing people of memories and awareness
Placement in long-term care is one of the more difficult decisions facing caregivers of patients with dementia. Let me start by stating that my personal bias is to try and keep my patients at home as long as possible, assuming that their safety and health, as well as the caregiver's health, is compatible with this goal.
It has to do with face perception.
There's been an average reduction of 20 per cent per decade since the 1970s.
But it's not contagious.
British scientists on Monday announced a major step forward in developing a blood test that could predict the onset of Alzheimer's