Top ten lists are "hot" these days. This week, one of great interest to all of us hit the headlines. It was bad news in the news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual list of the leading causes of death in the United States. For years, we've watched Alzheimer's disease climb the ladder, but this year it took a significant step: it moved into position as the sixth leading cause of death; while up just one rung from the prior year, what is especially noteworthy is that Alzheimer's deaths increased while all other 14 of the top 15 leading cause of death decreased.
The U.S. statistics unveiled that Alzheimer's disease resulted in the deaths of 72,914 Americans in 2006. Let me repeat that: 72,914 deaths. The rate knocked diabetes out of sixth position. Deaths from influenza and pneumonia dropped the sharpest from the previous year.
At the same time, the agency noted that life expectancy for Americans is at an all-time high...
In the spring of 2007, a friend loaned me the book, Life of Pi . To tell you the truth, it took awhile to get into the book, but author Yann Martel’s premise stays with me to this day: What story do you tell about circumstances in your life? And does that story match up with what really happened? And are there any consequences if the story you select story and actual happenings don’t mesh?
Why write about this in a sharepost for this site? I guess that two people flash in my mind – Gloria and Lorraine. I met Gloria, another resident in the nursing home locked unit where Mom waived for awhile. Mom and Gloria hit it off pretty quickly, chatting about different things and often dining together. And I really liked Gloria, a petite woman who was always very sweet to me and who had enough presence that many thought she was a visitor to the locked unit (and would help her get out the locked doors).
So it surprised me when the nursing staff shared with me that Gloria’s ...
Giving care to people who are dying and who also have early or mid stage Alzheimer's is easier if you are aware of a number of difficulties that cognitive impairment has on their experience and behavior. Alzheimer's does not make death any easier or more difficult for caregivers. As your loved one enters the last weeks and days of their life there is a lot to contend with. Sorrow, anticipatory bereavement and sometimes pleasure when an interaction/time spent remind you of the loss to come. I have put together some information that has been helpful to me that may be useful to you.
As well as being a symptom of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, confusion is also a symptom of physical conditions such as poor oxygen levels, common for example in heart and lung disease. High levels of chemicals poisonous to the body, for example, high urea and creatinine common in kidney disease and in diseases of the brain such as tumors, may can also cause confusion....
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