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What is frontotemporal dementia? – Alzheimer’s Society

Posted by on 5 Feb, 2017 in Blog Post, Dementia Videos | 0 comments

What is frontotemporal dementia? – Alzheimer’s Society

Frontotemporal dementia is the name for a range of conditions in which cells in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain are damaged. These lobes control behaviour, emotional responses and language. This means that people will experience changes in personality and behaviour, or may struggle with language – for example, in finding the right word. Frontotemporal dementia is a less common form of dementia which is more likely to affect younger people – those under 65.

About The Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

What is dementia?

The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.

Support the fight against dementia and visit us at
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

If you have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or about any other form of dementia, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

Alzheimer’s Society
Leading the fight against dementia

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What is dementia with Lewy bodies? – Alzheimer’s Society

Posted by on 4 Feb, 2017 in Blog Post, Dementia Videos | 0 comments

What is dementia with Lewy bodies? – Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia with Lewy bodies is a less common type of dementia. It is closely related to both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Lewy bodies are tiny clumps of protein that develop inside nerve cells. They prevent the cells from communicating properly by disrupting the important chemical messengers between them, eventually causing the cells to die.

About The Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

What is dementia?

The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.

Support the fight against dementia and visit us at
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

If you have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or about any other form of dementia, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

Alzheimer’s Society
Leading the fight against dementia

Interested in getting the latest updates from the Alzheimer’s Society?

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What is vascular dementia? – Alzheimer’s Society

Posted by on 3 Feb, 2017 in Blog Post, Dementia Videos | 0 comments

What is vascular dementia? – Alzheimer’s Society

Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia. It is caused by problems with the blood supply to the brain. Nerve cells require oxygen and nutrients to survive. Without them, they will become damaged or die.

Cells are provided with these oxygen and nutrients by a network of blood vessels in the brain. When the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, for example by a sudden blockage or a leak, this is called a stroke. A stroke can cause significant damage to parts of the brain.
When the parts of the brain responsible for memory, thinking or language are damaged in this way, a person will have difficulty remembering things, thinking or speaking. These are all symptoms of vascular dementia.

About The Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

What is dementia?

The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.

Support the fight against dementia and visit us at
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

If you have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or about any other form of dementia, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

Alzheimer’s Society
Leading the fight against dementia

Interested in getting the latest updates from the Alzheimer’s Society?

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What is Alzheimer’s disease? – Alzheimer’s Society

Posted by on 2 Feb, 2017 in Blog Post, Dementia Videos | 0 comments

What is Alzheimer’s disease? – Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and also the best understood. It is thought to be caused by the formation of abnormal deposits of protein in the brain. These are called plaques and tangles, and they are made up of two key proteins: amyloid and tau.

Amyloid and tau are present in healthy brains, but in Alzheimer’s disease they function abnormally. Amyloid forms plaques outside cells and tau forms tangles inside them. These plaques and tangles damage the nerve cells, causing them to die. When lots of cells die, this causes the brain to shrink.

About The Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

What is dementia?

The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.

Support the fight against dementia and visit us at
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

If you have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or about any other form of dementia, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

Alzheimer’s Society
Leading the fight against dementia

Interested in getting the latest updates from the Alzheimer’s Society?

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What is dementia? – Alzheimer’s Society

Posted by on 1 Feb, 2017 in Blog Post, Dementia Videos | 0 comments

What is dementia? – Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia is the name for a group of symptoms that commonly include problems with memory, thinking, problem solving, language and perception. In a person with dementia, these symptoms are bad enough to affect daily life.
Dementia is not a disease in its own right, and it is not a natural part of ageing. Rather, the symptoms of dementia are caused by different diseases that affect the brain, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia is caused by loss of nerve cells. It is a progressive condition, meaning that symptoms gradually get worse. This is because when a nerve cell dies, it cannot usually be replaced. As more and more cells die, the brain starts to shrink.

About The Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

What is dementia?

The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.

Support the fight against dementia and visit us at
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

If you have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or about any other form of dementia, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

Alzheimer’s Society
Leading the fight against dementia

Interested in getting the latest updates from the Alzheimer’s Society?

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How do brain cells work? – Alzheimer’s Society

Posted by on 31 Jan, 2017 in Blog Post, Dementia Videos | 0 comments

How do brain cells work? – Alzheimer’s Society

The brain is made up of billions of nerve cells that are specially designed to communicate with each other. They form many connections with one another, creating an intricate network between cells. These networks are a bit like the complex electrical circuits inside a computer. Messages travel down cells as tiny electrical impulses, and chemicals allow the electrical impulses to pass from one cell to another. This is the basis for how the brain works.

About The Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

What is dementia?

The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.

Support the fight against dementia and visit us at
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

If you have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or about any other form of dementia, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

Alzheimer’s Society
Leading the fight against dementia

Interested in getting the latest updates from the Alzheimer’s Society?

Follow us on Twitter — http://www.twitter.com/alzheimerssoc

Like us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/alzheimersso…

How does the brain work? – Alzheimer’s Society

Posted by on 30 Jan, 2017 in Blog Post, Dementia Videos | 0 comments

How does the brain work? – Alzheimer’s Society

The brain is the most complex organ in our body. It controls everything we do, from simple things such as breathing, to complex things such as co-ordinating our movements. The brain stores our memories, allows us to think and speak, and controls how we behave. Damage to the brain, such as that seen in dementia, can cause difficulties with carrying out all of these functions.

About The Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

What is dementia?

The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding.

Support the fight against dementia and visit us at
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

If you have concerns about Alzheimer’s disease or about any other form of dementia, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

Alzheimer’s Society
Leading the fight against dementia

Interested in getting the latest updates from the Alzheimer’s Society?

Follow us on Twitter — http://www.twitter.com/alzheimerssoc

Like us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/alzheimersso…

Infographic: Caregiving The Costs, Concerns And Choices

Posted by on 10 Jan, 2017 in Blog Post, Dementia Resources | 0 comments

Infographic: Caregiving The Costs, Concerns And Choices

I’d like to thank Natalie Granger from UKS Mobility Services for sharing this excellent infographic.

Caregiving The Costs, Concerns And Choices

A caregiver (either unpaid or paid) is someone who helps another individual with an impairment of some sorts. Did you know that there are currently around 6 million people in Britain helping and supporting their family, partners or friends who are ill or disabled? This is particularly shocking as the care they provide is usually unpaid!

With approximately 9% of the male and 12% of the female population in England and Wales being associated with caregiving, the awareness around its daily impact needs to be increased. Increasing the awareness is crucial for all parties; whether you are a professional caregiver, family or friend caregiver, someone looking for advice on caregiving, or even someone in need of a caregiver.

The below animated infographic, by UKS Mobility, outlines in a clear and concise manner the costs, concerns and choices involved around caregiving. The infographic depicts what exactly caregiving involves, the financial and emotional costs which can impact an individual, some key concerns and myths, how to find the right caregiver, as well as pinpointing the various different options surrounding caregiving.

If you find the infographic useful, help spread the awareness by embedding the infographic on your own site as well…

Caregiving costs, concerns and choices

Infographic supplied by www.uksmobility.co.uk with this graphic.

Under The Rose Bush by Jane Fry

Posted by on 2 Jan, 2016 in Blog Post, Dementia Books | 1 comment

Under The Rose Bush by Jane Fry

Jane Fry who lives near me in Kenmore, Queensland has used her personal Dementia Journey to write this lovely book Under The Rose Bush which follows a young girl as her grandma goes from being a healthy, bright and vibrant woman to someone suffering from Alzheimer’s. The book is aimed at children, to teach them and help them to better understand why their relationship may change one day.

When asked about her experience with her Mother’s Dementia Jane said “I had never really had anything to do with it before my mother became ill. It was a raw and terrifying experience. It is like watching your mother waste away each year. Each year it was like watching her lose an arm, then a leg and so forth, even though she was physically there it was not my mother. I guess that’s why when she died it was not so sad as losing someone who was suddenly ill and died.”

Under The Rose Bush tells the story of Zoe and her Granny who are great friends. They spend a lot of time playing and learning together, gradually Zoe notices changes in her Granny. Zoe learns to adjust to the situation as her grandmother ages. Her story provides a sense of optimism despite the grief of eventually losing her beloved grandmother.

In a recent interview with Starts At 60,  Jane said “I guess the hope I have for Alzheimer’s sufferers is that a cure is found, but I know that’s a long way off. Since we have to face it when it comes the time, I therefore hope the carers don’t suffer and can get support to understand the process that their family member is going through, particularly later on when the sufferer may not be aware, but the pain for the close family is insurmountable. I guess I learnt that it is pointless trying to reason with the sufferer. I used to say, ‘No I didn’t’ or ‘you already told me that’ etc. as I just wanted to be right, but later on down the track I learnt that was not the way to handle my mother and I reached a more calm state, and I think she did too. I have many funny stories when I look back on my mother and her comments, some embarrassing moments, and some sad times, but I am now able to look back at my mother and really value the essence of my mother before Alzheimer’s.

“One of the nurses once explained to me, that Alzheimer’s in the brain is like a faulty battery that sometimes makes connections and other times doesn’t. You can be a stranger to your mother or the loved daughter it just depends on the moment. One day after weeks of her not knowing me, or my name, I visited her in the nursing home and she turned around and said, “Tell me Jane do you still like teaching?” It was the first time I hadn’t been able to answer her. I was flawed!”

We congratulate Jane on writing this wonderful book and highly recommend it to anyone who has children taking a Dementia Journey with a loved one.

Buy This Book

To order a signed copy of Jane’s book for $12, simply email Jane on jadyfry@gmail.com

Michael Verde: Love is Listening – Healing the “Dis-ease” of Dementia

Posted by on 17 Dec, 2015 in Blog Post, Dementia Videos | 0 comments

Michael Verde: Love is Listening – Healing the “Dis-ease” of Dementia

This presentation by Michael Verde was part of the Dementia Partnership Project Symposium on 27 October 2015.

Thank you to Alzheimer’s Australia WA for publishing this video.

For more information about the Dementia Partnership Project, visit: http://dementiapartnership.com.au/

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