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Alzheimer's Disease

  • The following information is meant to assist individuals and caregivers dealing with issues surrounding Alzheimer's disease. In any case, you should consult trained medical and health professionals for an accurate diagnosis and assessment of need. 

 

Coping with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

 

 

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common type of dementia, but not the only type. Dementia refers to several diseases of the brain that can cause confusion and affect memory. Patients may also experience changes in personality and social behavior that interfere with daily activities.

 

This learning session with Ronald C. Hamdy, MD and Michele Arns, PNP, FNP-BC covers the common types and main stages of dementia, as well as what can be done for patients. The discussion includes the unique burden on caregivers, as well as various opportunities for the community to lessen caregivers' burdens. Also provided is information to explain the behavior of people with dementia, how it may change, and how you can manage it.

 

Visit our Tennessee for a Lifetime page for more videos on a variety of aging-related topics.

 

 

What is it? 

Alzheimer's Disease defined. What causes it. See a picture of the brain.

The Alzheimer's Diagnosis

It's important to rule out all other ailments. See your doctor. 

2014 Alzheimer's Disease: Facts and Figures

A report from the Alzheimer's Association.

 

What if you have Alzheimer's

Steps to consider if you suspect that you have Alzheimer's Disease.

Tips for early stage Alzheimer's

It's important to stay active. Reading, working puzzles, artful activities, are all helpful in keeping the mind active and alert. 

The Caregiver 

What caregivers need to know, including: taking care of the caregiver; understanding Alzheimer's behavior; how to help the Alzheimer's patient; handling emergencies; personal stories; and other relevant links.

Legal considerations

There are important legal matters that need to be tended to. 

Financial Planning

Are you or your family prepared for the financial burden? 

Beware of fraudulent schemes

Seniors are vulnerable as it is. The Alzheimer's sufferer may be more suseptible. 

Quick facts about Alzheimer's Disease 

State and National resources for Alzheimer's Disease

Many programs and information banks are available to answer your questions or provide assistance. 

Extensive list of links

Here you can see all of the links on this site organized by topic. 

Alzheimer's Tennessee, Inc. 

Non-profit organization that advocates for research and provides services to the more than 22,000 individuals and families facing Alzheimer's Disease and dementia in East Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

Tennessee Alzheimer's Disease Task Force Final Report