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Keys to Unlocking an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: Part 2

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Alzheimer's disease goes beyond simple memory loss. Check out the additional signs and symptoms to look for in your loved ones as they age.

Alzheimer’s disease goes beyond simple memory loss. Check out the additional signs and symptoms to look for in your loved ones as they age.

In our last blog, we looked at some of the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and we want to spread the word about this disease in hopes that more people will be diagnosed early. That is the best way to combat the physical and mental conditions that arise with Alzheimer’s. Most of us have memory lapses every day but individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease experience memory loss that interferes with their daily life. Watch for these signs in the actions of your loved one if you suspect that they may be developing Alzheimer’s disease.

  1. Difficulty completing familiar tasks – People with Alzheimer’s often finds it hard to complete daily tasks at home, work or leisure. They may have trouble driving to a familiar location, remembering the rules of a game or managing a simple task at work.
  2. Mood and personality changes – They may become confused, anxious or depressed. When they are out of their comfort zone, they may be easily upset or suspicious.
  3. Confusion with time – People with Alzheimer’s will often lose track of seasons, dates and the passage of time. They often have problems understanding something if it is not happening at the present. It is common if they forget where they are or how they got to that place.
  4. Misplacing things – A person with Alzheimer’s may start to put things in unusual places and they cannot retrace their steps to figure out where it is. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing and become very paranoid.

LA Medical is trying to spread the word about Alzheimer’s disease in honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Our in-home products  may help your loved one maintain their lifestyle despite any conditions they may have. We also work with pharmacies and care facilities to help offer your loved ones the best care possible. Contact us today!

Keys to Unlocking an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: Part 1

Posted on: November 16th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Alzheimer's Disease symptoms go beyond small memory lapses. There are a number of things to look for to detect the disease early.

Alzheimer’s Disease symptoms go beyond small memory lapses. There are a number of things to look for to detect the disease early.

Many of us have small memory lapses every day. We forget where we put our keys, what time our dentist appointment is or if we were supposed to call someone back. But individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease experience memory loss that interrupts their daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disease that causes a slow decline of the memory along with thinking and reasoning skills. If you think that you or your loved one may be suffering from Alzheimer’s watch for some of these warning signs.

  1. Memory loss – This is one of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s. This is especially true for recently learned information, important dates or events and asking for the same information over and over again.
  2. Challenges in planning or problem solving – Some individuals may have trouble developing and following a plan or working with numbers. They may have difficulty concentrating and take longer to do things than they have before.
  3. New problems with words – People with Alzheimer’s sometimes have trouble following a conversation. They may not know how to continue a conversation or may begin to repeat themselves. It is also common to struggle with vocabulary and finding the right words.
  4. Withdrawl from activities – Because of changes they are experiencing, many individuals with Alzheimer’s will remove themselves from social activities, hobbies or projects. They may also have problems keeping up with a previous interest or forget how to complete a favorite hobby.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and we are trying to get the word out. If you notice these symptoms in you or your loved one, don’t ignore them.

LA Medical works with pharmacies and care facilities to keep your loved ones independent and active despite their condition. If your loved one is having problems maintaining a healthy lifestyle in their own home, contact us about different in home products that will help them stay safe and independent in their homes. Watch for our next blog with more signs of Alzheimer’s!

Staying Stable When Your Loved One Has Alzheimer’s

Posted on: November 11th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Supporting a loved one with Alzheimer's can be stressful and wearing on any caretaker.

Supporting a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be stressful and wearing on any caretaker.

The memory loss that occurs with Alzheimer’s disease can be disruptive to daily life for not only the Alzheimer’s patient, but their family caregivers as well. Keep some of these tips in mind to maintain your loved one’s sense of independence and dignity as their disease progresses.

Reduce frustrations

Individuals with Alzheimer’s may be easily agitated when something that used to be simple becomes difficult or impossible. To limit these challenges:

  • Establish a routine so each day is predictable. Schedule the most difficult tasks for the time of day when your loved one tends to be the most agreeable.
  • When you ask your loved one to complete a task, do it one step at a time. Also, expect things to take longer than they used to.
  • Limit their options so it is easier to decide then provide simple instructions to complete the task

Create a safe environment

Your loved one’s risk of injury increases as their judgment and problem-solving skills are impaired due to Alzheimer’s disease. To keep them safe:

  • Prevent falls with handrails or grab bars in areas that are easy for a loved one to trip or fall in.
  • Keep things like matches and lighters out of reach from your loved one to prevent the risk of a fire.
  • Install locks on cabinets that contain dangerous materials like medicine, alcohol, guns or toxic substances.

Be flexible

Each Alzheimer’s case will need to be handled differently. Tailor our tips to fit the individual needs of your loved one. Patience and flexibility are the key to providing care and care.

November is both National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Family Caregivers Month. LA Medical wants to recognize the lives affected by Alzheimer’s – both patients and caregivers. There are many resources available to you for additional tips and support when you are caring for a sick loved one. Check out our online catalog for different in home products that can keep your loved one safe and independent.

Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease Part 2

Posted on: November 28th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

In our first blog about Alzheimer’s Disease, we discussed how to notice signs if a loved one has this dreadful disease.  In November, LA Medical supports and promotes awareness for Alzheimer’s Month. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that deteriorates the brain over time and affects how someone thinks and performs daily functions.  Let’s continue to learn about more signs that coDetecting Alzheimer's 2uld result in a loved one being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Someone with Alzheimer’s can easily get confused with where they’re at and what time it is.  People who are affected can lose track of important dates like doctor appointments, birthdays or even what the current date is.

People with Alzheimer’s may have issues with their visual perceptions such as reading, misunderstanding the distance to something or determining the color of something, like a red light versus a green light at a four way intersection.

Along with date and time, people with Alzheimer’s may have trouble planning events or solving problems. They lose track of times and dates and forget simple rules to a recipe or balancing a check book.

One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is getting lost.  This can be very scary when it happens, wondering where your loved one may be at. While they’re getting into a car, they may understand where they’re going, but as they’re traveling, they forget the original destination and end up driving till they’re out of fuel. Another scare is walking around the neighborhood forgetting which house home is.

The biggest and one of the most devastating to families is memory loss.  Forgetting family member’s names, important dates and the difference between right and wrong or requesting the same information over and over again are very common signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

LA Medical hopes you’ve gotten a better understanding of how Alzheimer’s Disease can affect someone’s daily abilities.  Please contact LA Medical for mobility options or bathroom safety equipment.

Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease Part 1

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

LA Medical would like to provide you with information regarding how to determine if someone has Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s is a brain deteriorating disease that affects how someone thinks, makes decisions or lives doing daily functions.  Although there isn’t a cure for Alzheimer’s, the information below will help you see if a loved one may have signs of this deadly and scary disease.

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People who start to have early signs of Alzheimer’s go through many mood and personality changes.  One second they could be happy and the next very agitated.  People who have this disease may experience multiple mood swings when they’re in an unfamiliar setting or have one break from a routine.

Over time, people with Alzheimer’s will have difficulty talking or writing down words.  Their conversations will make them forget what they’re talking about and pronounce words that don’t make sense.  Sometimes, they’ll repeat themselves not knowing they’ve already said the same thing.  Also, finding the right word or calling things by the wrong name are common signs.

People who have Alzheimer’s may feel withdrawn from social activities because they can’t remember how to respond or do something.  They tend to pay attention to something else and not pay attention to what’s going on right in front of them.

Another very common sign of someone having Alzheimer’s doesn’t know how to use their senses properly, like the sense of touch.  An example of this would be touching a hot stove after cooking something and burning themselves, not remembering to not touch a stove when it’s hot.

The last thing to look for in the first part of this blog is to see how often a loved one misplaces an item and where they put it.  People who don’t show signs of  Alzheimer’s usually remember or do something to jog their memory, but people with Alzheimer’s can’t jog their memory.  They may accuse someone or you of stealing or moving the item. Their mood may change toward you because they may need money or reading glasses.

Make sure to read our next blog to find out more signs if a loved one may have Alzheimer’s.  Stop in and see LA Medical for a wide selection of aids to daily living for you or a loved one.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Stop it Before it Starts

Posted on: January 10th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

We have discussed Alzheimer’s Disease in the past: what it looks like, what the warning signs are and a few brain exercises to try out. Unfortunately, the fact remains that there is no way to completely prevent this form of dementia from developing. However, there has been promise shown that living by the Six Pillars of a Brain Healthy Lifestyle can greatly reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s. The following are the six pillars and how you can incorporate them into your life.

The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease can be improved or staved off by living a brain-healthy lifestyle.

Have an active social life- humans flourish when socializing, not when isolated and alone. This can be achieved through volunteering, joining a social group, getting to know your neighbors or taking a group class.

Keep a handle on your stress- chronic stress has been shown to have a negative effect on the brain and even shrinking key memory areas of the brain. You can combat this by planning a daily relaxation time into your day and calm your breathing when you are feeling stretched too thin.

Get more quality sleep- sleep gives our brains a chance to recharge and be ready for tomorrow. Set a regular sleep schedule, create a bedtime ritual (such as reading) and nap responsibly to keep your brain rested and ready.

Challenge your mind- your brain needs to be exercised too, so work it out by learning a new language, doing the daily crossword or play strategy games. These things help create new neuro-pathways and help the mind grow, not shrink.

Eat for your brain- diet plays more of a role in brain health than most people know. Load up on fresh vegetables, lean meat (chicken, turkey, and fish), whole grains and foods full of omega-3 fats.

Engage in regular exercise- if it helps your heart and cardiovascular function better, it does the same for your brain. Get at least 30 minutes four to five times a week with a combination of aerobic exercise and muscle building exercises, and you are well on your way.

Living a brain-healthy lifestyle can help prevent Alzheimer’s from developing, slow down its symptoms or even reverse its effect. While these pillars are not a fool-proof way to stay Alzheimer’s-free, they will help you and your loved ones to live healthier, longer lives. We hope you will join us at LA Medical Retail in working to live free of Alzheimer’s disease!

Seeing It Coming: Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Posted on: August 8th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Ask anyone who has a parent or partner that has Alzheimer’s: it is a terrible disease to watch progress. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s yet, only ways to slow down the confusion and forgetfulness that it causes and give those suffering from it more time. That’s what makes being able to spot the early warning signs of the disease crucial to getting on the right medications to slow its progression. Listed below are some of the more noticeable warning signs of Alzheimer’s.

Memory loss that disrupts daily life: this can be forgetting recently learned information, relying on memory aides (reminder notes, electronic devices) or family members for things they could normally do on their own, forgetting names or appointments and remembering them later.

Confusion with time or place: losing track of dates, times, seasons or how time passes. There could be confusion with something if it’s not happening immediately. Also, there could be times where they forget where they are or how they got there.

Difficulty completing familiar or easy tasks: this can occur at home or at work, and can include forgetting how to get to a familiar place or do easy things like use the correct setting on the microwave.

Misplacing things and not being able to retrace steps: a person with Alzheimer’s will often leave things in unusual places and have trouble retracing their steps to find lost items. They may occasionally accuse others of stealing a lost item.

Decreased or poor judgment: decision making and judgment may become compromised. They may use bad judgment when dealing with money, such as giving large amounts of money to telemarketers. They also may spend less time grooming or keeping themselves clean.

These are just a few of the warning signs of the onset of Alzheimer’s that you can look for in your family members and friends. For more signs and general information about this disease, go to www.alz.org.