Dear A Place for Mom's Family,
According to the Alzheimer's Association, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. That means 1 in 8 older adults have Alzheimer's. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
A Place for Mom is proud to announce its participation in the 2011 Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. Over 500 A Place for Mom employees nationwide will be participating in over 85 Memory Walks.
Join our effort to find a cure for this devastating disease by signing up on an A Place for Mom Team in your area or start your own team today! You can find an A Place for Mom team in your area, by selecting the walk nearest you at http://www.alz.org/walk.
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Sundowners and Sleep
At least 40 million Americans each year suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems. Sleeping problems occur in almost all people with mental disorders, including those with depression and Alzheimer's. Sleep affects our daily functioning and our physical and mental health in many ways that we are just beginning to understand. Many people who care for those with Sundowners believe that difficulty sleeping is central to the problem.
The term Sundowners describes a pattern of increased behavior problems with onset usually in the late afternoon and early evening. It can be most frequent in those people that have Alzheimer's or perhaps dementia. This syndrome is also sometimes seen in older people who are in recovery from surgery in a hospital setting. Persons may exhibit increased confusion, agitation, wandering, hallucinations and general disorientation. For those living with or caring for someone exhibiting "sundowning" symptoms it can be quite startling and often intensely frustrating.
Dear Merret: Testing for Dementia ~ Where to Start?
Things are not right. Your ever-so-capable mom is making all sorts of silly mistakes with time and directions, not to mention she is misplacing everything! Of course we all do these things from time to time and chalk these actions up to "aging." However, there comes a point when we understand that there is something bigger going on, and we not only become concerned but possibly frightened for the safety of our loved one. This is the time to get your arms around the greater picture of mom's health. I would like to share with you some thoughts on how to go about this process.