Saturday, April 30, 2016

"Z"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


ZIP
code
to find a chapter/community/support group
 in your area

"Find ALZ(dot) org, anywhere in the United States, and learn about programs and services available in your area, including support groups and educational workshops."

International listings


Let's not loose our
ZIP
in caring for ourselves
or
those we care for

Dedicated 
this
A-Z
Challenge
series
to
all
ALZHEIMER'S
victims
and
those who are
CAREGIVERS
and
SUPPORT
especially
organizations
like
Alzheimer's Association


Thanks for the continual research
and
putting together
such 
wonderful
information, explanations
and
Great Resources!

We've just begun
to
FIGHT
to
WIN




Friday, April 29, 2016

"Y"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"

"Y"

Younger/Early Onset
of
Alzheimer's

"Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Younger-onset (also known as early-onset) Alzheimer's affects people younger than age 65.  Up to 5 percent of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s have younger-onset. "

"Many people with early onset are in their 40s and 50s. They have families, careers or are even caregivers themselves when Alzheimer's disease strikes. In the United States, it is estimated that  200,000 people approximately have early onset." ... continue reading HERE


If  YOU have
early onset
Alzheimer's
check out this page
YOU
matter
Everyone of YOU!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

"X"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


"X"

for the

eXPERTS

and

eXPERIENCES

but mostly the

eXTRAORDINARY

people

fighting

ALZHEIMER'S

and those

eXTRA SPECIAL
CAREGIVERS

and the

eXCEPTIONAL

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

and their collaboration of
so much information being made available

and

you don't need an

X-RAY

to know this

I am eXtremely

eXcited and ecstatic

on how much

I learned through

this

"A-Z Challenge"




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"W"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


"W"

Know the Ten

{click on link to see all 10}

Signs of Alzheimer's

Typical age-related changes

Poor judgment and decision makingMaking a bad decision once in a while
Inability to manage a budgetMissing a monthly payment
Losing track of the date or the seasonForgetting which day it is and remembering later
Difficulty having a conversationSometimes forgetting which word to use
Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find themLosing things from time to time


How many of the 10 Warning Signs did you know?

WEB LINKS
and
of course
Women's Alzheimer's Challenge







Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"V"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


"V"

Virtual Library

and

VOLUNTEER

"You can make it happen ... a world without Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's Association volunteers are passionate, inspired and want to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Whether you can spare a few hours a week or can make a more significant time commitment, please consider becoming an Alzheimer's Association volunteer."


Monday, April 25, 2016

"U"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"

"U"

Understanding behaviors

"Understand Behaviors" 

Such as:

 
5 Tips

Try not to take behaviors personally.

Remain patient and calm.

Explore pain as a trigger.

Don't argue or try to convince.

Accept behaviors as a reality of the disease and try to work through it.



If you click on the
BEHAVIOR
you will encounter
CAUSES and HOW TO RESPOND
to that particular one
these pages were invaluable for me and helped me

UNDERSTAND
much better

plus

they gave me

coping strategies

and

so much more


Saturday, April 23, 2016

"T"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


"T"

Treatment Options for Alzheimer's Disease

"Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer's. But drug and non-drug treatments may help with both cognitive and behavioral symptoms.
Researchers are looking for new treatments to alter the course of the disease and improve the quality of life for people with dementia."

In this section:


TRIAL Match


Clinical Studies

What are TRIALS?

How TRIALS work?

Why participate?






Friday, April 22, 2016

"S"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


"S"

STAGES
of
ALZHEIMER'S

This is a little late in the scheme of acquiring knowledge
but still important for the overall clarity
It should have been shared
in the beginning
after defining
what this disease is

"Alzheimer's disease typically progresses slowly in three general stages — mild (early-stage), moderate (middle-stage), and severe (late-stage). Since Alzheimer's affects people in different ways, each person will experience symptoms - or progress through Alzheimer's stages - differently."

Social Security Disability
{this applies to those with early onset of Alzheimer's}

Support Groups


SAFETY CENTER

"Safety is important for everyone, but taking specific precautions becomes vital as dementia progresses. By putting measures in place, you can prevent injuries and help the person with Alzheimer's feel comfortable." 

Safety Concerns


Special Situations





Thursday, April 21, 2016

"R"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


"R"

RISK FACTORS


"Scientists have identified factors that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. The most important risk factors—age, family history and heredity—can't be changed, but emerging evidence suggests there may be other factors we can influence."


Genetics





RESEARCH
Centerand
RESEARCHERS


RESOURCE FINDER


I have shared all of the Resources throughout this entire
"A-Z Challenge"
from
Alzheimer's Association
that
I have started with 
as my own resources to learn all I can

It's the most thorough place I found

{of course, there are more available still}

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Q"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"



"How savvy are you about Alzheimer’s? Take the quiz and see. There are six questions. The answers may surprise you"


Clearly, this is where we should have begun this discovery about Alzheimer's, but let's see how much we might have learned up to this point. I'm learning right along with you in hopes that when I have to deal with this, I will have a better understanding

Example of questions:

Question 1 of 6. How many of these young women, shown here in their 20s during World War II, might have Alzheimer’s disease today?

“Three.” If they are still alive, all of these women would be over 85 years old. Experts estimate that nearly half of Americans over 85 have Alzheimer’s disease because increasing age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s. In fact, Alzheimer’s is growing at an epidemic rate. Left unchecked, the number of people with the disease could reach 16 million by 2050.

Question 2 of 6. Which of these famous Americans had Alzheimer’s disease?
Rita Hayworth, Ronald Reagan, Norman Rockwell, Rosa Parks



You are correct. the correct answer is “all of the above.” Alzheimer’s disease affects men and women of all races and ethnic groups in all walks of life. No one is immune.


Here's another kind of
QUIZ

called a


how would you do?


And now here's a video of the previous person I shared before doing one of the 

Cognitive Assessments
(MoCA)









Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"P"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


"P"


(PDFs)

" This section contains Alzheimer's Association publications organized by topic: Basics, Caregiving, If You Have Dementia, Science Treatments, Safety, Financial/Legal, Reports, Alzheimer's Assocoation"

Others:
National Institute on Aging
Publications

Alzheimer's Society
Publications
"Living with Dementia" 
magazine

"Alzheimer's and Dementia"
journal

"Journal of Alzheimer's Disease"

AFA Care Quarterly


Recommended List of Books and Magazines


Google search on Alzheimer's books
shows books across the top of the search
but does not do the same for books for Caregivers

Alzheimer's Bookstore

Books I've heard about but not yet read

"Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's

by B. Smith and Dan Gasby

"Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's & Other Dementias: 101 Stories of Caregiving, Coping, and Compassion
"


"The Long Goodbye" by Patty Davis (President Reagan's daughter)





Monday, April 18, 2016

"O"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


"O"

Online Tools
and
Online Caregiver Community
ALZ Connected


"A diagnosis of Alzheimer's raises many questions. The Alzheimer's Association has several free, online tools to help you find answers, local resources and support."

Read more HERE and see the many Online Tools 

plus there are always
Other 
Organizations
available too
and
also
Care
OPTIONS
"There is no one-size-fits all formula when it comes to Alzheimer's care. Needs change at different stages of the disease and each family's situation is unique. Deciding on care can be a tough decision."

Understand Care Choices

Find Providers

Coordinate Services

all part of Care
Options

Their Top 5 Tips

  • Research all care options before deciding which is a good fit.
  • Ask providers if they have training in dementia care.
  • Familiarize providers with the needs and likes of the person with dementia.
  • Know that it's normal to be apprehensive about changing care.
  • Re-evaluate care as needs change.



  • Saturday, April 16, 2016

    "N"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"



    "N"

    Nutrition

    Nutrition and Alzheimer's (WebMD)


    Nutrition Tips

    "Proper nutrition is important to keep the body strong and healthy. For a person with Alzheimer's or dementia, poor nutrition may increase behavioral symptoms and cause weight loss.

    Food for the Brain







    Sign up for Current

    News from Newsletters

    with

    ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION



    Friday, April 15, 2016

    "M"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


    "M"



    8 Alzheimer's myths are given and their reality 

    like

    Myth 1
    Memory loss is a natural part of aging.

    Reality:

    "As people age, it's normal to have occasional memory problems, such as forgetting the name of a person you've recently met. However, Alzheimer's is more than occasional memory loss. It's a disease that causes brain cells to malfunction and ultimately die. When this happens, an individual may forget the name of a longtime friend or what roads to take to return to a home they've lived in for decades."

    Continue reading the rest HERE





    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    "L"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


    "L"


    for those who have to say
    "I have Alzheimer's"


    LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE

    as I was typing this out
    I mis-typed one vowel but perhaps it should be that way
    it was only just one letter difference

    LOVE your best Life

    so to LIVE you need to LOVE and be Loved
    and to LOVE, you need to LIVE

    {I think this was God directed}

    to encourage us


    "You don’t want to live in the forefront of grief. Living with Alzheimer’s disease is a balance.
    Karel S., person living with Alzheimer's"

    "L"

    Legal Matters

    so much to think about



    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    "K"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


    "K"

    KIDS and TEENS
    ALZHEIMER'S
    information
    Just for Kids

    Just for Teens
    {I almost put this under "J" because of the "Just ..." (lol)}

    "Alzheimer’s disease impacts family life. Take the time to talk with the children and teens in your family so that they understand what is happening to the person with Alzheimer’s.

    The degree to which children and teens are affected by the disease depends on who has it — a parent or grandparent, relative or friend. Other factors include how close the child or teen is to the person and where the person lives (in the same home, assisted living or nursing home, out-of-state, etc.)."

    Talking with Kids and Teens




    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    "J"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"

    "J"

    JOIN
    the
    CAUSE


    I almost gave up on this because some of these last few letters were difficult, yet I knew that I was not even half way and I still had some letters with some great points about Alzheimer's that I thought I should at least do those ... so you might think "Join the Cause" is a last minute ditch effort ... but it's not, it's almost one of the most important ones of this A-Z Challenge. 

    Let's make a difference


    Monday, April 11, 2016

    "I"~ "A-Z CHALLENGE"


    "I"

    I already shared what I had hoped to share for the letter "I"
    Interactive Tour
    not realizing 
    it was the
    Brain
    Tour

    so

    I thought of two other
    "I"
    words

    INDIVIDUAL

    and

    INTERNATIONAL

    not sure which one would be best as regards
    ALZHEIMER'S


    Indeed Alzheimer's is an International concern

    but

    what I think is most important is that each

    INDIVIDUAL

    matters

    and

    their case is different

    to be respected and treated well

    completely

    This started me thinking about famous individuals and ordinary individuals that have been affected by Alzheimer's disease and their individual families. Their individual testimonies all matter.

    How many Individuals do you know
    that struggle(d) with
    ALZHEIMER'S

    and

    how many famous
    INDIVIDUALS
    have you heard about?


    "Glenn Campbell (1936 – ); Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004); Charles Bronson (1921 – 2003); Perry Como (1912 – 2001); Rita Hayworth (1918 – 1987); Sugar Ray Robinson (1921 – 1989); Aaron Copeland (1900 – 1990); Peter Falk (1927 – 2011); James Stewart (1908 – 1997); Eddie Albert (1906 – 2005)
    E.B. White (1899 – 1985); Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005); James Doohan (1920 – 2005); Malcolm Young (1953 – ); Norman Rockwell (1894 – 1978) B.Smith

    I recently learned through a friend online "Abby" that a dear Christian singer
    Ben Speers was also diagnosed with Alzheimer's

    Do you know 
    INDIVIDUALS
    with Alzheimer's?

    "50 Celebrities ..."

    "Celebrities who have been touched by Alzheimer's"

    EVERY INDIVIDUAL
    Matters

    not just celebrities
    but at least
    they help get the attention for research and donations
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