Posted by on Aug 13, 2011 in Alzheimer's Care West Palm Beach | 0 comments

Alzheimer’s Care at Home has created a group on Linked in! Providing Alzheimer’s Care at Home can be a challenge for professionals & caregivers, but it can be done. The purpose of this group is to share information & engage in discussions that focus on the care of the Alzheimer’s/dementia patient in their own home.

We invite professionals and caregivers to join us in our discussions! Your knowledge and insight is invaluable. There are so many Alzheimer’s/dementia patients and caregivers that will benefit from your experiences and expertise. Please join us today!

Elayne Forgie

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How To Tell If You Have Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Jul 30, 2011 in Alzheimer's Care West Palm Beach, alzheimer's disease west palm beach, Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease | 0 comments

I found a great article to share this morning about how to tell if you have early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  I agree with the author –  there is so much in the news right now as companies such as the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center and ElderCare at Home help to raise awareness about AD, dementia and other cognitive impairments. 

Don’t let the amount of information, some of which may be conflicting, scare you. Reach out to family, friends and professionals who can guide you, provide you with accurate information and assist you in getting a proper and thorough evaluation. You can read the article here.

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Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Hard to Diagnose, Study Finds

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Alzheimer's Care West Palm Beach, alzheimer's disease west palm beach, Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease | 0 comments

A new study by researchers at the University of Barcelona in Spain has found that many people who develop Alzheimer’s disease before the age of 60 are initially misdiagnosed because they don’t have memory problems.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that slowly causes problems with memory, thinking skills and behavior. Symptoms usually develop at a slow pace and get worse over time.
Dr. Stephen Rao, who did not take part in the study, works with Alzheimer’s patients  at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
“The initial symptoms may actually not be memory problems, but they can be difficulties with personality change or they can be in other cognitive domains, such as language, visual or spatial processes,” Rao said.
For the study, researchers analyzed the cases of 40 people who developed Alzheimer’s, and results showed that one-third of people confirmed with early-onset Alzheimer’s showed symptoms other than memory problems.
These symptoms included vision or language problems or the ability to carry out tasks. As a result the researchers said that more than half of these patients – who exhibited other symptoms – ended up being incorrectly diagnosed on their initial visit with a doctor.
There’s approximately 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and out those patients, only about 5 percent have early onset Alzheimer’s, which develops before the age of 65.
“Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease can be very challenging and that’s one of the reasons why much of research today is looking for various biomarkers to diagnose the disease prior to the current gold standard, which is the autopsy,” Rao concluded.
Complete findings of the study are published in the journal Neurology.
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Palm Beach County – Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease “We’re Not Supposed To Be Doing This Until We’re 80″

Posted by on May 22, 2011 in Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease | 0 comments

I woke up this morning, sat down to read the paper with a nice cup of coffee, and opened it to find a heart wrenching article on how early onset Alzheimer’s disease is affecting one local family.  The Storiales’ have been married for 26 years and Tony was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease before his 55th birthday.  One of the first signs that something was wrong was when Tony got lost on a route he drove every morning as a truck driver.

After his wife Donna took him to three different doctors, they finally received the diagnosis.  When she asked the doctor what it meant and what she could do, he said “Nothing”.  Although it is true that nobody survives Alzheimer’s, there is a lot that we CAN do for patients, families and caregivers that are dealing with this disease on a daily basis.

Whether it’s to help them find a good adult day care center, provide a few hours of respite relief, offer counseling and support, or simply take the  time to listen and provide a strong shoulder to cry on, it all matters. It does make a difference.
For many, the first step is usually the hardest. The decision to reach out and to ask for help. Alzheimer’s Care at Home and the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center is here ~ 24 hours per day, whenever you need us. 800-209-4342 

Elayne Forgie, CMC, is a professional geriatric care manager certified by the National Academy of Certified Geriatric Care Managers and was a founding Board Member of the Florida Geriatric Care Managers Association.

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Early-onset Alzheimer’s: When symptoms begin before 65

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease | 0 comments

Early-onset Alzheimer’s is an uncommon form of dementia that strikes people younger than age 65. Glenn Smith, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., answers questions about this condition.

How common is early-onset Alzheimer’s?
Of all the people who have Alzheimer’s disease, only about 5 percent develop symptoms before age 65. So if 4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, at least 200,000 people have the early-onset form of the disease. Early-onset Alzheimer’s has been known to develop between ages 30 and 40, but that’s very uncommon. It’s more common to see someone in his or her 50s who has the disease. Read complete article by the Mayo Clinic Staff here

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“Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic,” Sunday night, May 1st at 8 ET on CNN

Posted by on May 1, 2011 in News and Announcements | 0 comments

Tonight at 8:00 p.m. on CNN, Larry King’s “Unthinkable: The Alzheimer’s Epidemic” will air. In addition to the long list of guests, the three new stages of Alzheimer’s disease will be discussed: preclinical Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment, and Dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease is being called the disease of the 21st century as an estimated 5.4 million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is the sixth-leading cause of death across all ages in the United States, but many Americans still do not know much about this illness. The one-hour special will look into Alzheimer’s disease, who gets it and why, the race to find effective treatments and a possible cure.

King will be joined by people who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease and will include interviews with former First Lady Laura Bush and California’s former First Lady and Alzheimer’s activist Maria Shriver; actors Seth Rogen, and  Angie Dickinson; TV host Leeza Gibbons; football star Terrell Owens and  son of President Ronald Reagan, Ron Reagan. Neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will explain what Alzheimer’s is and how this disease affects the human brain.

Seth Rogen, talks to King about supporting his fiancée and her family as they deal with her mom’s early diagnosis at the age of fifty-five.  He wants the world to know this is a young person’s problem too, “More and more people in our generation are gonna have to deal with it,” Rogen said.  “We’re dealing with it before most people have to,” he tells King.  “But as you get older and you see it happening to your parents, and ultimately realize it could happen to yourself and your friends, it becomes much more real and not some imaginary old person problem, you know?”Shriver, in the first interview she’s given since losing her father, Sargent  Shriver, to Alzheimer’s disease this year tells King, “I think anybody who’s not concerned about Alzheimer’s is in denial.”

In addition to visiting the Mayo Clinic, Larry King will visit the cutting-edge Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, and he will be joined by Ron Reagan. While there, one of them will take a brain scan that will indicate if he is at risk for Alzheimer’s or other memory disorders, and one will opt out. Tune in and as they will share the results with the audience and talk to Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, Director, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Larry Ruvo, philanthropist and visionary, to see how doctors are treating patients and what people can do to diminish their risk for Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Ronald Petersen, Director, Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, who treated President Reagan warned, “If we don’t do something about Alzheimer’s disease right now, Alzheimer’s disease in and of itself may bankrupt the health care system.

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2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Statistics

Posted by on May 1, 2011 in Facts and Statistics | 0 comments

An estimated 5.4 million people have Alzheimer’s disease including 1 in 8 of people over the age of 65. 14.9 million are unpaid caregivers and we are already spending 183 billion dollars annually on this disease. Each day, 1,232 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Each week, 8,634 people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will grow each year as the proportion of the U.S. population that is over age 65 continues to increase. The number will escalate rapidly in coming years as the baby boom generation ages.
Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer’s Association, reveals the burden of Alzheimer’s and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government, and the nation’s healthcare system.  You can read the complete report here! 
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