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HRT: Women told not to be alarmed by Alzheimer's study

GPs are urging women not to be alarmed by research linking long-term hormone replacement therapy (HRT) use with a small increased risk of Alzheimer’s. They say HRT is an effective and safe treatment for most women with menopause symptoms and the risk is “extremely low”. The BMJ research looked at data on 170,000 women in […]

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Alzheimer's: Smoothing the Transition on Moving Day

Moving from one home to another is never easy. For a person who has Alzheimer's disease, changing the routine and moving into an unfamiliar environment can be especially stressful. If you're helping a loved one who has Alzheimer's move to a new home or into a care facility, make the transition as comfortable as possible. […]

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These Alzheimer's Caregivers Share Why Self-Care Is So Important

Ask anyone caring for a loved one with a serious illness what they do for self-care, and you’ll probably hear laughter in response. Self-care can be tough in the best of circumstances, but it’s especially difficult for people who spend the majority of their time caring for someone else. Alzheimer’s caregivers are no exception. Still, […]

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Music and Alzheimer's: Can It Help?

Answer From Jonathan Graff-Radford, M.D. Research suggests that listening to or singing music can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer's disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease. For example, music can: […]

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Alzheimer's Care: Advice for Keeping Your Loved One Active and Engaged

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can spark a lot of stressful questions, like how to keep them as mentally and physically active as possible while the illness progresses. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for coping with Alzheimer’s, but people who look after loved ones with the condition have a lot of useful tactics […]

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Caring for Someone With Alzheimer's: How to Get Quality Care for Someone You Love With the Disease

Someone you love and care about just received an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis—now what? The next steps can be emotional and overwhelming, especially if you’re unfamiliar with what caring for someone with Alzheimer’s involves exactly. There’s also no single, foolproof guide to Alzheimer’s care, given that the disease presents and shifts differently depending on the person. […]

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Alzheimer's Care: Simple Tips For Daily Tasks

If you are caring for someone living with Alzheimer's disease, you know that as the disease progresses your loved one's ability to manage daily tasks will decline. Consider practical tips to help him or her maintain a sense of independence and dignity as he or she becomes dependent on you and other family members or […]

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Alzheimer's: Drugs Help Manage Symptoms

Learning you have Alzheimer's disease can be devastating. Working with your health care team can help you find the best strategies to manage your symptoms and prolong your independence. Alzheimer's drugs might be one strategy to help you temporarily manage memory loss, thinking and reasoning problems, and day-to-day function. Unfortunately, Alzheimer's drugs don't work for […]

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Sharing Alzheimer's Diagnosis: Tips for Caregivers

If you're caring for someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, you might wonder whether and how to tell others. If your loved one wants you to share the diagnosis, how will you do it? How will family and friends react? Will they know how to interact with your loved one? Consider these caregiving […]

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Alzheimer's: How to Help a Caregiver

Alzheimer's caregivers need all the support they can get. If you know someone who's caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease, here's how to help. Be specific. General offers of help can be hard for a caregiver to accept because they aren't specific. If you want to support a friend who is caring […]

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Alzheimer's: Dealing With Family Conflict

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the effects on the family can be overwhelming. The reality that someone you care for has Alzheimer's can trigger a range of emotions—including anger, fear, frustration, and sadness. Conflicts are common as family members struggle to deal with the changes. To minimize conflict, address the issues […]

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Alzheimer's Caregiver: 8 Things No One Tells You About This Role

Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease immediately inducts you into an unfortunate club of people whose relatives have this condition. No one wants to be a member, but given that around 5.5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s, many, many people are. Although there’s no roadmap for dealing with life […]

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Alzheimer's: Dealing With Daily Challenges

People who have Alzheimer's disease often need help handling routine daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating, and using the bathroom. If your loved one needs this type of care, balance his or her loss of privacy and independence with gentleness and tact. Bathing Bathing can be a confusing experience for a person who has […]