When I started the blog, I started it as place where all of us caregivers could have a place to come and vent. I also wanted to provide information about the aging process and the different issues the elderly deal with. The next two days on the blog I am going back to the second goal. Providing information. Then Wednesday we will go back to the fun things.
The most feared disease is cancer. The second most feared disease is Alzheimer's. That is among all age groups. However, for those over fifty the most feared disease is Alzheimer's.
It is very hard to admit that you have or had a relative with Dementia or Alzheimer's. My dad had Dementia. To say it was difficult would be an understatement. Dad always remembered who I was and always remembered his family he just couldn't live in the here and now. He was back in the time when his family owned a dairy. He was back in the time when he owned a roofing company. He had a stroke and couldn't walk. He would forget he couldn't walk and fall. Sometimes when we had company he would rally and the company would get the impression there was nothing wrong with him. I can hear them talking, "there is nothing wrong with him." Then as soon as the company left he would go back to calculating the costs of roofs and start falling again. I think in the three years he had dementia we ended up in the emergency room over forty times. My heart just goes out to anyone that has a family member dealing with memory issues.
Let's start by answering the question, what is the difference between Alzheimer's and Dementia:
I was stuck my the fact that they can't accurately diagnose Alzheimer's until after death. According to the article the doctors use the term "probable Alzheimer's" for those that they think have AD.
What is it like when you have a relative with dementia or Alzheimer's? You just can't describe it because it is different for everyone. No two cases are the same. However, the following article gives an idea of the struggles and yes some of the joys:
I am closing today's post with a good article from the USA Today about how important early diagnosis is.
Pay attention to the ten warning signs in the box to the left. If you see those signs in yourself or anyone get ye or their arses to the doctor. We saw signs in dad for years before a stroke brought on his dementia full bore. We should have had him tested earlier but we didn't because we didn't want to embarrass him. Learn from our mistakes.
Tomorrow we will share with you new advancements in fighting Alzheimer's and Dementia. We will also give some care giving tips and options.