I have spent eight years promoting the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of dementia and am certain that misinformation, denial, and untrained GP’s are still the biggest factors preventing families from getting elderly loved ones properly evaluated. The mild and intermittently odd behaviors that gradually increase year after year continue to get chalked up to advancing age and nothing more. And even when it becomes very apparent that something is wrong, families delay dealing with it, because it is scary for them to think about end of life issues. And then when something major happens and the GP finally sees the senior about it for ten minutes (“What day is it? What time is it? Who is the governor?”), that day the elder is often sharp as a tack.
I spent a year taking my elderly father to doctors who weren’t trained on how to uncover early-stage dementia, namely Alzheimer’s. Once I finally got to the right doctors (a team of ne...
No previous experience necessary! Someone with Alzheimer's may have some limitations but both they and their caregiver will get so much from your attention and the activities you offer them. Anything a volunteer can offer is likely to be highly valued.
There is a lot that friends, relatives and concerned members of the community can do to help people with Alzheimer's. Seven stages of Alzheimer's have been identified. In this Sharepost I look at the disease using a more simple three-stage model of symptoms and the loss of function: the early stage, the middle stage and the severe stage. It provides a framework around which I can offer general tips on how you can help make the life of someone with the disease more fulfilling and happier.
If you are thinking of volunteering it may help you make up your mind by contacting your local Alzheimer's Association. They can give you more information and you can meet other volunteers. Knowing a bit about the disease c...
Definition End-stage kidney disease is the complete, or almost complete failure of the kidneys to function. The main function of the kidneys is to remove wastes and excess water from the body. Alternative Names Renal failure - end stage; Kidney failure - end stage; ESRD Causes, incidence, and risk factors End-stage kidney disease (ESRD) occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to function at a level needed for day-to-day life. It usually occurs when chronic kidney disease has worsened to the point at which kidney function is less than 10% of normal. ESRD almost always follows chronic kidney disease. A person may have gradual worsening of kidney function for 10 - 20 years or more before progressing to ESRD. Patients who have reached this stage need dialysis or a kidney transplant . The most common causes of ESRD in the U.S. are diabetes and high blood pressure . See Chronic kidney disease for a complete list of causes.
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