Alzheimer’s Disease

El cuidar durante una crisis (Caregiving During a Crisis) - Spanish

Los periodos de crisis provocan reacciones emocionales y físicas en todo el mundo. Después de los eventos del 11 de septiembre muchos de nosotros nos encontrábamos distraídos, inseguros o con el sentimiento que habíamos perdido el control sobre la vida. Las emergencias, aún las que son menos catastróficas que los ataques de septiembre, producen emociones conflictivas y estrés. Los individuos con demencia también responden a las emergencias y sus reacciones pueden causar más estrés para la familia y la persona que proporciona el cuidado.

FAQ: Is there a test for Alzheimer's Disease?

Dear FCA,

My mother has Alzheimer's disease and now it looks like my uncle (Mom's brother) may also have it. It's very hard on our family. But even more, I'm getting nervous about my own risk of developing the disease. I'm 39 and am already starting to worry about this. I've heard there is a test you can take to find out if you're going to develop Alzheimer's. How can I find out more about this test?

Ask an Expert: Repeating

Dear FCA:

My husband Ted had a series of mini-strokes. He can carry on a conversation some times. But other times I've noticed that Ted gets "stuck" on a subject and tends to repeat the same thing over and over again. He could ask when dinner is 25 times or more. It's so frustrating. I don't know what to do to get through to him. If I get angry, it just seems to make him upset too. Can you offer me any advice?

FAQ: "More Help"

Getting Sibling Help with Caregiving

Q: My siblings are of little help to me in taking care of our father, who has Alzheimer's. We all live in the same town. How can I get more help – even just moral support or an occasional visit – from them?

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FAQ: "Agitated"

Dear FCA:

My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease two years ago. Recently I've noticed that Mom gets very agitated in the early part of the evening. She seems nervous, paces the floor anxiously, and has become both more confused and more combative. I am having a hard time coping with these new behaviors. Is there anything I can do?

Letter to Maman

Letter to Maman

You call out Papa: I answer.

You call out Maman: I answer.

Sexuality and Dementia

Coping with Changes in Your Intimate Relationship 

How has your relationship with your partner changed as a result of disease? Physicians seem reluctant to address this question with caregivers dealing with a long-term chronic illness.

Guidelines for Better Communication with Brain-Impaired Adults

Communicating with a loved one with a brain disorder can indeed be challenging. Finding the right words and getting your point across are difficult under normal circumstances.This difficulty is often compounded by your role as a caregiver. And although there are no easy solutions, following some basic guidelines should ease communication, and lower levels of stress both for you and for the care recipient.

Hands-On Skills for Caregivers

When you’re a caregiver, finding time to take care of your own physical needs is difficult enough, but taking care of the physical needs of someone else is even more challenging. Assisting someone else to dress, bathe, sit, or stand when they are upset, agitated, or combative—often the case when caring for someone with a brain disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease—requires special strategies. The following five techniques can make taking care of a loved one’s physical needs easier.

Caregiving During a National Emergency

At times of emergency, such as the events of September 11 or Hurricane Katrina, there are so many things to process, one has trouble prioritizing and putting things in perspective. If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, you probably found your attention distracted and your emotions conflicted. Sometimes it was hard to concentrate on the daily things in life, sometimes it was reassuring to do mundane tasks. Often people feel out of control and insecure at times of crisis. Perhaps the suggestions below will help when times are unsettled —for any reason.

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