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What's the Difference Between Alzheimers Disease and Dementia?

In this short post, I wanna explain the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia so that you never confuse the two of them. Again, there's a lot of confusion about these two terms, and it's no wonder because a lot of the times nobody is really taking the time to explain the difference. So that's what I wanna do here today.

 


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And in order to do that, I want to use the example of cancer. So when you hear that somebody has cancer, you immediately know that person is sick, but you're not quite sure. What type of cancer it is. Could it be lung cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer, or brain cancer, or any of the other cancers? The same thing is true.

When you hear the words dementia, it means that you would know somebody is having problems with their thinking and their functioning, but it doesn't tell you what type is it. Alzheimer's, Lewy body, vascular, frontal temporal, or any of the other dementias out...

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How to keep someone with dementia active when they don't want to do anything

activity alzheimer's Dec 13, 2020

Hello there, Careblazer. Today I want to talk about a topic I recently discussed in one of my question and answer sessions. This came from a member of my care course who is caring for her mom with Alzheimer’s disease. 


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She asked :

I don't know how much to "push" her to do things that I think she's still able to do.  I want to keep her mind and body engaged, with activity and exercise.  She's lost so much strength lately and has such a hard time standing up - but she gets very resistant to doing things that are good for her cuz they are "hard" or not easy.”

 

This is such a good question and I want to share some of my response to her with all of you because I suspect there are many of you in a situation where you think your loved one is capable of doing more and want to keep them as active as possible to keep their strength. 


Before I dive into that, I just want to say...

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How to have a good conversation with someone with dementia

alzheimer's Dec 13, 2020

Welcome back to the place where we talk about everything about dementia. Today I want to share some ideas for how you can have a good conversation with your loved one with dementia.

 

How are your conversations with your loved one with dementia?

 

When’s the last time you had a fun, good conversation with your loved one that didn’t involve questions about what to do or eat for the day? 


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Many times in dementia, conversations can seem difficult. Your loved one may repeat the same things over and over. They may not do well at keeping a conversation going. You may not have much different to say to them day after day. Good conversations aren’t something that many people tell me they have with their loved one. Now, in the past, I did a video on tips for talking to someone with dementia, but today, I want to share some conversation starters for you to try with your loved one. I’m going...

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How long does dementia last?

Welcome back Careblazer. Today I want to answer a question I recently received- how long does someone with dementia live? 


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Seems like a straightforward question, but as you probably expect there isn’t really a straightforward answer. I’m going to share with you the range that someone with dementia typically lives and the different factors that can make that time shorter or longer. 

 

The reason this is an important question is that when someone you love is diagnosed with dementia, you will need to start planning for care, future plans, how you will pay for care, and so on. It can make a difference whether someone will be living for 2 years or 20 years when it comes to planning. 

 

So while there is no definite way to determine the length of time, I’ll do my best to share what the research shows at this time. 

 

Let’s first talk briefly about why this...

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