Latest by Christine Kennard

Types of Hallucinations Experienced by People with Alzheimer's

It is estimated that between 20 to 40 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease experience hallucinations. This feature of the disease usually occurs in the middle stages. Hallucinations are most frequently associated with psychoses. The term psycho...

Margaret Thatcher Has Dementia

Lady Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister and great friend of Ronald Regan, has dementia. Lady Thatcher’s daughter Carol has published a book called ‘A Swim-on Part in the Goldfish Bowl-A Memoir.’ In the book Carol describes the first tim...

What is it Like to Have Alzheimer's Disease?

Acquiring knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease is as important for people with the diagnosis as it is for caregivers. A greater understanding of what to expect allows us to plan for the future. Insight can help reduce fear and anxiety and allows others t...

The ABC's of Managing Challenging Behavior in Alzheimer's Disease

In previous Shareposts I have talked about ways of approaching and dealing with the more difficult aspects of Alzheimer’s disease such as wandering behavior, disinhibited or inappropriate sexual behavior. For a variety of reasons which often include ...

Detecting Dementia in Highly Educated People

A great deal of literature exists as to the association between low levels of education and an increased risk of dementia. Much less information is available regarding highly educated people and dementia. Available data points to a steeper rate of de...

Coping with Disinhibited and Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

There have been a number of questions on OurAlzheimer’s.com about the difficulties of coping with disinhibited and inappropriate sexual behavior exhibited by people with Alzheimer’s disease. I thought it might be helpful to try to address some of the ...

Mouth Care Tips for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer's Disease

When people have Alzheimer’s disease they are sometimes unable to accurately communicate their needs. Sometimes a reason for disturbed behavior can be that the person is feeling uncomfortable, is in pain or is just plain bored. So when we are giving ...

Short Term Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Older People with Dementia Risky

It is estimated that 3-10 percent of all hospital admissions for elderly patients are due to adverse drug reactions. Thirty percent of all prescribed drugs in the US are taken by people over the age of 65 years and it is projected that by the year 20...

Long-term Use of Ibuprofen Cuts Alzheimer's Risk

Long term use of the painkiller ibuprofen when taken for more than five years has been found to decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 40 percent. Published in the Journal of Neurology, this large scale study demonstrated that the type of Non-St...

Hallucinations and Alzheimer's Disease

Hallucinations are not uncommon in Alzheimer’s disease and usually occur in the middle/moderate stage of the disease. Hallucinations can affect any of the senses, so a person may hear, see, taste, touch or smell things that are not really there. Hall...