Alzheimers Medical Reference
Things You Can Do With Someone Who Has Dementia
- The Right Alzheimer’s Care for Your Loved One
Your loved one with Alzheimer’s needs care. There are many options, but it’s not one-size-fits-all. Learn what’s right for the one you love.
- Ease Your Loved One’s Daily Care Routine
From bathing to using the bathroom, personal care can become a struggle for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Learn tips to make the daily routine easier.
- Safety Precautions for People with Alzheimer’s
How to safeguard your loved ones with Alzheimer’s to prevent physical, emotional, and financial harm.
- Managing the Financial Aspects of Alzheimer’s
Managing the financial aspects of Alzheimer’s: Find out what you need to know about planning, insurance, and government benefits.
- What Is the Link Between Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia Risk?
Dementia is a condition characterized by loss of memory and cognitive function. Learn how anticholinergic drugs may cause this illness.
- How Race and Culture Can Affect Alzheimer's Care
How race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and more can impact management of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Socializing and Activities for Loved Ones With Alzheimer's
Encouraging a loved one with Alzheimer’s to keep up relationships and do things they enjoy could have benefits beyond lifting their spirits.
- How to Keep Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s Independent
Caregivers can use these safety tips to help their loved ones live a safe and independent life with early and moderate-stage Alzheimer’s.
- Understanding and Interpreting Alzheimer’s Behaviors
Communication can become more difficult for people with Alzheimer’s. But you can learn a lot about what your loved one is feeling and what they need with close attention to their behavior. Learn more about what you can expect.
- Alzheimer's in Asian Populations
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing concern among Asian Americans. Here’s a closer look at some of the social, cultural, education, and health care access barriers they might face.
- Is an Alzheimer’s Disease Vaccine Possible?
No vaccines are available for Alzheimer’s disease. But clinical trials continue in hopes of one that can treat, cure, and prevent the condition.
- Adjunct Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer’s disease can cause symptoms besides cognitive issues that may be dangerous. Find out which additional, or adjunct, treatments may help.
- What Are Cholinesterase Inhibitors for Alzheimer's Disease?
The first drug you may get when you’re told you have Alzheimer’s disease is called a cholinesterase inhibitor. Find out what it is and how it can help.
- What Are Anti-amyloid Therapies for Alzheimer’s Disease?
The newest Alzheimer’s treatment is the first to target a possible cause, rather than just symptoms. What are anti-amyloids, and are they right for you?
- Memory Care Options for Low-Income Seniors
Some seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia need memory care. Learn how federal and state programs can help pay for services.
- Activities for People With Dementia
Learn more about fun things your loved one can do and how to adapt them to any ability level.
- Best Therapeutic Activities for Mild, Moderate, and Severe Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's disease affects how your brain works and remembers. Learn about some activities that can help with cognitive function and quality of life.
- Brain-Stimulation Therapies for Alzheimer's: What to Know
New brain-stimulation therapies offer hope for delaying the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Learn about how they work.
- Hispanics and Latinos and Alzheimer’s Disease
Hispanics and Latinos are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than whites. It’s also harder for them to get the health care that they need.
- The Link Between Alzheimer’s, Inflammation, and Oxidative Stress
Researchers suspect that inflammation and oxidative stress may make Alzheimer’s disease more likely. Here’s what we know about the link.
- Alzheimer’s Disease in the Black Community
Black people have more risk for Alzheimer’s than other groups. But they also may have more trouble getting diagnosed. What to know if you’re having memory problems.
- 8 Signs It’s Time for Memory Care
How can you tell when it’s time to transition to a memory care facility?
- Nursing Home vs. Memory Care: What’s the Difference?
Here’s what to know when you’re considering care for a loved one.
- Alzheimer's in Native American Elders
This disease affects your memory, thinking, and behavior -- and it’s a growing problem for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
- When Your Significant Other Has Alzheimer's
Caring for a spouse or partner with Alzheimer’s can be challenging. Find out more about what to expect and how you can live well despite those changes.
- Alzheimer's Disease in Older Men vs. Older Women
Men and women are both at risk for Alzheimer’s. But the disease doesn’t affect them the same. Learn more about how it affects the sexes differently.
- Recognizing and Dealing With Alzheimer’s Personality Changes
Alzheimer’s causes personality and behavior changes. Learn how to identify triggers, handle outbursts, and help you and your loved one adjust.
- What to Know About the MIND Diet
The MIND diet is a brain-healthy diet that focuses on plant-based foods like whole grains, green leafy vegetables, fruits, and nuts to boost brain health.
- Aduhelm: What to Know
Aducanumab (Aduhelm) is a drug for early Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Learn more about how it works.
- When Dementia-Related Psychosis Isn't Treated
Dementia-related psychosis is more than just upsetting. It can affect the health and safety of the person with dementia, and those who care for them.
- Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Facing Guilt When Others Help
It can be hard to accept when your loved one with Alzheimer’s needs more help than you can give. Here’s how to make a transfer of care a little easier.
- Better Daily Life for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s
Learn some ways you can help make day-to-day life better for your loved one with Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer's Caregiving: Asking for What You Need
It can be tough to take care of someone with Alzheimer’s alone, but sometimes even tougher to ask for help. Here’s how to make the ask a little easier.
- The Link Between the ICU and Dementia
A common problem for people in intensive care units may have long-lasting effects, including dementia.
- Signs of Dementia
What is dementia, and how do you recognize it? Learn the signs of dementia and what to do if you or a loved one has symptoms.
- Alzheimer’s and Taking Oral Medications
The medicines for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can take many forms. Here’s what you need to know about the ones that are taken by mouth.
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Surgery
When there’s another serious health issue, surgery can improve quality of life for someone with Alzheimer’s. Know what to expect and how to support your loved one before and after an operation.
- Help With in-Home Care for Someone With Alzheimer’s
If your loved one lives at home, you may need help to care for them. Learn how to hire a caregiver, set expectations, and manage the relationship.
- Assisted Living and Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s
Learn how to help your loved one adjust to their new home and how to manage your own concerns as well.
- Primary Care for Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s
It’s important to get the right primary care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s. Here’s how to choose a doctor and make the most of your appointment.
- Hospital Stays for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease makes a hospital stay especially challenging. Find out what you can do to make it easier if your loved one goes into the hospital.
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Care at the End of Life
Eventually, Alzheimer’s care means easing the transition to the end of life. Know what to expect at this time and where you can turn for help.
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Hallucinations and Delusions
Hallucinations and delusions can be scary, both for the person who has them and those around them. This is what you need to know if your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease has them.
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Hoarding and Hiding
People with Alzheimer’s disease often hoard or hide things. Here’s how to tell when this is dangerous and help your loved one cut down on clutter.
- Sexual Behavior and Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease can change the way your loved one expresses their sex drive. Here’s how to get past the embarrassment and support your loved one’s need for physical affection.
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Depression
Depression and dementia have many of the same symptoms and so are hard to tell apart. Here are tips for knowing if your loved one with Alzheimer’s is depressed, and how to support them if they are.
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Anxiety
Up to 75% of people with Alzheimer’s disease or another kind of dementia may have some level of anxiety. It can be one reason behind challenging behaviors like wandering and aggression.
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Delirium
If your loved one with Alzheimer’s has shown signs of sudden confusion or delirium, find out what you can do for them and when to get medical help.
- Fever and Alzheimer’s Disease
Not all fevers are the same. Know when a higher temperature is dangerous for your loved one with Alzheimer’s and what to do.