I Got My Mind Back, Can I Go Home Now? is a book that Dr. Lori decided to write after a resident, who was thought not to be able to talk, proclaimed this to her as she entered to visit her father. This was such a profound statement that it stuck with Dr. Lori nine months after she heard it. So, she knew she had to write about it. Has it ever occurred to you that persons with Alzheimer's, even in the later stages, still have moments of complete clarity? This is one aspect of Alzheimer's disease that is considered in the book,
Provides interesting information from conversations and observations Dr. Lori had with residents, doctors and others during her father's journey through Alzheimer's disease. She also includes information that will be useful for anyone who is beginning or in the middle of caring for a loved one with the Alzheimer's. These are words of caution, as well as words of support and resources that you may not have considered. This book will surprise, astound, and maybe cause you to shed a tear or two.
Effective date: April 12, 2019
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Alzheimer's disease is a type of Dementia. Dementia is considered the umbrella, describing a category of diseases with symptoms including loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning skills that interfere with a person's daily life and activities. Alzheimer's disease is the most common of all of the dementia diseases.
Forgetfulness or memory problems are typically one of the first signs of Alzheimer's disease, although not 100% of the time. A decline in other aspects of thinking, like finding the right words, visual/spatial concerns, impaired reasoning problems, or judgement issues may indicate the very early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Just because a close family member has Alzheimer's disease, doesn't mean that you will get Alzheimer's disease too. FAD, A rare form of Alzheimer's disease called early onset familial Alzheimer's disease, is inherited. This form of Alzheimer's disease is caused by mutations or changes in certain genes. If one of these gene mutations is passed to a child, s/he may have FAD. However, this is not always the case. Most cases of Alzheimer's are late onset, occurring in the mid-60s or later. A heredity link has not been determined.
There currently is not a cure for Alzheimer's disease. There are medications available to control symptoms, however they may not be effective for everyone
Currently, there is no evidence that Alzheimer's disease can be prevented. However, a healthy lifestyle, including exercise, a healthy diet, no smoking, and keeping a healthy weight, are thought to lower the risk of certain chronic diseases and increase your overall health. Scientist believe that a healthy lifestyle may slow or prevent Alzheimer's disease.
There are many resources available. A few of them are printed here. Please see our resources page for additional resources:
Eldercare Locator: 800.677.1116/eldercare.acl.gov
National Council on Aging
Family Caregiver Alliance
800.445.8106 caregiver.org / family-care-navigator
Mindful Caring sponsors Caregiver Retreats, Scholarships, Awards and other surprises to support Caregivers. The Foundation intentionally seeks opportunities to support Caregivers in private locations, hospitals, Assisted Living Facilities, Rehabilitation Centers and other places. You may also nominate your favorite Caregiver on this site. Please check back for nomination forms, events and special training activities.
We work with your in home Caregiver, even if it is a relative, to assist in providing Mindful or intentional Caring for your loved one. We also provide the following services:
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You may use the contact information to contact Dr. Lori and inquire about our services to Centers, ALFs and other agencies,
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