Alzheimer’s News

Prevalence of dementia

Higher than expected prevalence: report on a recent University of the Free State study funded by our research fund. See http://www.ufs.ac.za/templates/archive.aspx?news=1871&cat=1. If you have a problem activating the link, go to www.ufs.ac.za , scroll down to...

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Dementia and your family

Family and friends You may feel socially isolated if your family and friends have pulled back from your relationship or you have little time to spend with them. They may hesitate to spend time with you and the person with Alzheimer’s disease because they worry about...

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How dementia will affect your marriage

If your spouse has Alzheimer’s, you will probably experience significant changes in your marriage as the disease progresses. New roles and responsibilities You may find yourself taking on a new role in your marriage as your spouse’s memory worsens. The person with...

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Decision Making

People with dementia may feel confused and anxious and in need of reassurance. They may also have some important decisions to make, including: How and when to tell family and friends of the diagnosis Whether to carry on working When to stop driving How they would like...

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Maintaining independence

Especially in the early stages, there ’s a lot you can do to help the person you are caring for, to stay independent. It may be tempting to do things for people with dementia, but they are more likely to feel confident and to retain a sense of self-worth if they are...

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Things to consider

Older persons' rights http://www.saopf.org.za/charter.html is well worth visiting. The Older Persons Charter can be found there in Afrikaans, English, isiZulu, isiXhosa and Sesotho. Talking things over You will need to discuss plans for the future with those closest...

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Diagnosing Dementia

I have dementia A diagnosis of dementia comes as a shock, even if you have been half expecting it. This will be a worrying and upsetting time for you and those close to you and you will all need a great deal of reassurance and support. There is much that you can do,...

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Out and About

At the pharmacy make sure you can read and understand the medicine name and the directions on the container. If the label is hard to read, ask your pharmacist to use larger type. If you are unable to read, ask the pharmacist to tell you how to take the medicine. check...

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Causes of Alzheimer’s

The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease and most of the other dementias has yet to be established. Many theories have been put forward. Like most medical disorders, Alzheimer’s disease is probably caused by a combination of genetic factors and environmental influences....

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Progression of the disease

You and the person with dementia will probably want some idea of what to expect in the future. It is not always easy to predict the progression of dementia. How the person will change will depend on many different factors: We are all individuals with our own unique...

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