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What is Dementia, its Common Signs, and Possible Causes?

How do I know if it’s dementia?

What are common signs of dementia?

What are common types of dementia?

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease versus dementia?
Does a specific diagnosis matter?

Questions around Diagnosis

How do I get my person diagnosed?
Finding a doctor: Generalist v. Specialist?
What if my person refuses to see a doctor?
How can I convince my person to go to the doctor/get a diagnosis?
Now what after the diagnosis?
Who should I tell about the diagnosis? What should I say?
How do I educate family and friends about the diagnosis?
My person is in denial about the diagnosis, how can I convince them something is wrong?

Questions around Caregiver Role(s)

What is a caregiver? Care partner v. Caregiver?
When can I expect to be a caregiver?
How am I supposed to take care of myself when I don’t have time?
I no longer feel like the spouse/adult child; I feel like a parent. What do I do?
Our relationship has changed. How do I come to terms with the change?

Community-based, Home and Long Term Care

What are care options?
How do I find care?
How do I choose the best residential option for care?

Medical Decisions and Hospital Care

How is dementia (Alzheimer’s disease) treated?
Should the person be taking medications for dementia (Alzheimer’s disease)?
How do the drugs help manage the symptoms?
Is the medication really working? 
How to make sure my person gets the best care in the hospital?

Breathing, Meditation, and Mindfulness

Listen to Mindfulness Exercises
Relaxation Exercises

Organizations and Government Resources to Visit

National Institute on Aging
National Institute on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Education Referral Center
Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Family Caregiver Alliance
Administration for Community Living

The information on this page is for educational purposes. For individualized medical guidance, consult your physician.