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How Can I Possibly Love My Husband and Think of Him as I Did Before Alzheimer's?

How Can I Possibly Love My Husband and Think of Him as I Did Before Alzheimer's? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
How can I possibly try to love my husband (of 49 Years) who is in Long Term Care and -- to think of him as I did before Alzheimer's came into our lives?

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I took care of my Mom with Alzheimer's so I haven't had to consider this situation. Still, I can't even imagine how difficult this must be. To live with someone for so many years in an intimate relationship and then be with them everyday but without the intimacy you've known in the past. . Your love is the same but coping would be so difficult--

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Bob DeMarco's curator insight, October 17, 2013 11:14 AM

The Alzheimer's Reading Room is the number one source of Alzheimers care and information on dementia care, health, memory loss, and treatment for the entireAlzheimer's and Dementia community worldwide. The goal of the Alzheimer's Reading Room is to Educate and Empower.

http://goo.gl/dPXDIs

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My Mom Fooled the Doctor about her Memory--How does that happen?

My Mom Fooled the Doctor about her Memory--How does that happen? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
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@Sandy Williams SpencerProSharing about Alzheimer's and Dementia in memory of my Mom, about COPD just for me. A few other interests include Sewing and Selling Online. I Enjoy the Variety in Life..do You?  13.6Kviews+151todayPeople sharing Sandy Williams Spenc's Interests@Troy Mccomas (troy48) @Donna MacPherson Lugar @Disabled World @Art JonesSandy Williams Spencer's InterestsHealth
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Guns and Dementia - WebMD

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Guns and Dementia
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July 21, 2014 (COPENHAGEN, Denmark) -- A new survey looks at access to guns by people with dementia.

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I worried about my mom having a car--No Way would I allow a firearm in the house wherever Mom was living.


When we took her car away, she swore she would shoot my brother. He was her pride and joy and we laughed about it when away from her. But, how do we know what someone might do who can't remember they ever gave birth to a child. 


I honestly don't believe my Mom would have known what death meant at that stage of her dementia.

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Holistic Prevention for Alzheimer’s

Holistic Prevention for Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
RT @swimdaily: Holistic Prevention for Alzheimer’s: the Time is Now |http://t.co/CSJ53oigNQ What is good for the heart and muscles is good …

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Long Absence can Erase You from the Memory of someone with Alzheimers dementia

Long Absence can Erase You from the Memory of someone with Alzheimers dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
I first began to notice odd behavior in the year before Mom’s husband passed away. It was nothing outrageous or ominous that pointed to Alzheimers, just behavior that was unusual for Mom. I took no...
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Can Citicoline Improve Alzheimer Brain Function & Memory?

Can Citicoline Improve Alzheimer Brain Function & Memory? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Citicoline may be a helpful addition to a natural Alzheimer support program. It is shown to boost brain function & memory. Want to find out how it can help..?
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Dementia prevention: coconut oil continues succeeding; Big Pharma ...

Dementia prevention: coconut oil continues succeeding; Big Pharma ... | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
It's been discovered that high cholesterol blood level geriatric folks live longer without dementia than those whose cholesterol counts are lower. By the way, did you know that all cholesterol is the same?
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This thought is alternative to most, but making more and more sense to me. What do you think?

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Can an Eye Test Predict Alzheimer's?

Can an Eye Test Predict Alzheimer's? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it

An article from Reuters by Julie Steenhuysen has spoke of studies attempting to do just such a thing. The studies, presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Paris, a...

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Exercise and diet may prevent Alzheimer's

Exercise and diet may prevent Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
TheHealthSite Exercise and diet may prevent Alzheimer's TheHealthSite alzheimers-prevention The Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER Study) suggested that following a healthy lifestyle with...

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Zheng Pupeng Megan's curator insight, July 22, 7:55 AM

Alzheimer's disease is a scary but real disability that severely impairs a person's way of life. While the article addresses the issue of Alzheimer's and how diet and exercise can play a major role in preventing it, it specifically targets the younger generations who might face this disease in the future. The article contains links that provides specific exercises and diets that one can practice from an early age, to prevent this degenerative disease.

 

Understanding the two step flow model also helps us realize that the youths are the best opinion leaders in these healthcare issues due to the impact that they can make with family members at home. Younger adults can be the driving force for healthy living at home, advocating good lifestyles that can prevent unnecessary diseases from occurring.

 

As the saying goes - everything starts at a young age!

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5 things you didn't know about Alzheimer's - wtvr.com

5 things you didn't know about Alzheimer's - wtvr.com | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
wtvr.com 5 things you didn't know about Alzheimer's wtvr.com “In the face of the growing worldwide Alzheimer's disease epidemic, there is a pressing need for simple, less invasive diagnostic tests that will identify the risk of Alzheimer's much...
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A very interesting article, indeed. http://free-alzheimers-support.com

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Caregiver Tips for Traveling With The Elderly

Caregiver Tips for Traveling With The Elderly | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
When traveling with seniors, all you need is a little extra preparation so you and your loved ones can vacation in comfort—and worry-free.
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Sleep issues can accelerate Alzheimer’s, while mental exercises can delay it, study shows

Sleep issues can accelerate Alzheimer’s, while mental exercises can delay it, study shows | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Research released Monday shows sleep problems such as apnea may increase a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, while moderate exercise and mentally stimulating games like crossword puzzles can prevent its onset.

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I can believe this without even reading it. Mental or Physical exercise limbers us up and get the juices flowing. Everything seems better after a half hour on the treadmill, or maybe a half hour on Lumosity.

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FREE Ebook Giveaway Contest: Holistic Support for Alzheimers

FREE Ebook Giveaway Contest: Holistic Support for Alzheimers | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
 ONE 30 minute FREE holistic consultationTEN FREE ebook Copies of Holistic And Practical Support for Alzheimers/Caregivers.

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Don't Deny or Overlook Personality Changes that may signal Alzheimer's

Don't Deny or Overlook Personality Changes that may signal Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
My Mom was a girlie-girl. She stood 5' 2" with ivory skin, blue eyes, permed- blonde curls and a constant smile. Mom didn't smoke or drink or abuse her good health. Even into her 70's, she ate an a...
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I overlooked many behaviors by Mom that should have set of bells, but I labelled it all as simply old age.   

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10 Warning Signs of Memory-Loss that Disrupt Daily Life

10 Warning Signs of Memory-Loss that Disrupt Daily Life | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
To encourage early detection and diagnosis, the Alzheimer's Association Website has listed 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's. This is not the list of 7 Stages of Alzheimer's but rather a list of "war...
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A Few Mini Tests to do at Home for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

A Few Mini Tests to do at Home for Alzheimer's Diagnosis | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
A FEW MINI TESTS TO DO AT HOME FOR DIAGNOSIS of ALZHEIMER'S Diagnosing Alzheimer's early is vital for receiving medications to delay symptoms and prolong life. An early diagnosis also gives the pat...
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Music Might Boost Self-Awareness in Alzheimer's Patients

Music Might Boost Self-Awareness in Alzheimer's Patients | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Many studies have found that familiar songs enhance mood, relieve stress and reduce anxiety in patients with Alzheimer's, perhaps because musical memory is often spared even when a patient has declined to a low level of cognition. Two new studies find that familiar music also improves cognitive symptoms in the disease.

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Those who heard tunes they knew showed an immediate improvement in identity, mood, moral judgment and body awareness—elements of self-consciousness that are adversely affected by Alzheimer's.  #Alzheimer's #Dementia #Caregiving

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Incontinence may be an Issue for those with Alzheimer's or Dementia

Incontinence may be an Issue for those with Alzheimer's or Dementia | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Loss of bladder or bowel control often becomes an issue for Alzheimers and Dementia sufferers. My Mom never had this problem but I did notice that as her memory failed, she found it more difficult ...
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This article gives lots of information about when it happens, what to do, and how to help your loved one by preparing for this consequence.

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Gardens Could Help Dementia Sufferers Uncover Lost Memories ...

Gardens Could Help Dementia Sufferers Uncover Lost Memories ... | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
One of the most difficult aspects of watching someone go through dementia is the slow loss of memory, but new research shows that having access to a garden can help dementia sufferers recover forgotten experiences and ...
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Wonderful! I think this is true of many hobbies when the person is relaxed and comfortable and allowed to recall what they like.

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When Memory Fades, Sunrise Stories from Real People :Review

When Memory Fades, Sunrise Stories from Real People :Review | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
"When Memory Fades, Sunrise Stories from Real People, by Ronda Knuth" is more than a book of stories. Ronda Knuth shares wonderful vignettes about the people she cares for at Sunrise Senior Living ...
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Are Alzheimers and Dementia the same?

Are Alzheimers and Dementia the same? | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
No, Alzheimer's and Dementia are not the same. Rather, Alzheimer's disease causes symptoms of Dementia as it progresses. This definition of Dementia is taken from the Web/MD Dementia is the loss of...
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Many folks think that everyone with dementia must have Alzheimer's. There are many other things that can cause dementia and some are reversible. Know the symptoms and signs of Alzheimer's. http://free-alzheimers-support.com

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Don't Ignore Alzheimer's Early Behavior Changes

Don't Ignore Alzheimer's Early Behavior Changes | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Don't beat yourself up about the symptoms you missed-- I often think back to earlier days with my mom and Alzheimer's, wondering if I missed something. Could I have suspected sooner? Started medica...
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Niacin Too Risky to Take for Heart Disease

Niacin Too Risky to Take for Heart Disease | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
For 50 years we’ve been told that taking high doses of the B vitamin niacin was one way to lower cholesterol and improve heart health.
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Just a warning... this was suggested to me one time and the results were frightening. If Niacin is recommended, check with your physician before taking. http://free-alzheimers-support.com

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Live: Healthy You & ME ...Healthy Eating for Your Blood Type

Live: Healthy You & ME ...Healthy Eating for Your Blood Type | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
What You Can Eat That depends on your blood type. Here's what D'Adamo recommends for each type: Type O blood: A high protein diet heavy on lean meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables, and light on grains, beans, and dairy.
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Caregiver Corner - Good Gifts For Senior Citizens

Caregiver Corner - Good Gifts For Senior Citizens | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
I had absolutely no idea of what I was doing when I started being my elderly Mom's caregiver. Being childless by choice, the little bit of caregiving I knew was from caring for my dogs.
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Caring for Mom became a learning process, but a joyful one indeed. http://free-alzheimers-support.com

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Repair Alz

Repair Alz | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
Summer is a great time to add a lot of fresh foods to the diet. Especially locally grown fruits and vegetables. Or maybe you grow some of your own fruits and veggies? It’s amazing how easy it can be to grow, even a few things, in small spaces. Strawberries or blackberries in pots on the porch. Even blueberries can be grown nicely in a container, or as a lawn shrub.
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Smoothies are also a healthy way to help the person with late stage dementia to satisfy their appetite without the chore of chewing. 

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Mom, Maybelline and the Maroon Makeup Kit - In the World of Alzheimer's

Mom, Maybelline and the Maroon Makeup Kit - In the World of Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's Support | Scoop.it
My Mom always wore make-up. Her train case was stocked with just about anything  you'd find in a standard beauty salon. And Mom always kept it hidden in a deep drawer of an Old Hutch in a kitchen c...
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