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Memory Hack

by Jerome Princy (2020-02-01)

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The framework for the Memory Hack Review stages of Alzheimer's disease is based on a system developed by Barry Reisberg, M.D., Clinical Director of the New York University School of Medicine's Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center. While these stages identify an individual's progression through the disease process, it is important to note that every individual will exhibit the signs of Alzheimer's disease differently. Each individual will experience the rate of progression through the stages differently, as well. Some individuals may live as long as twenty years after they receive the initial diagnosis, while others have a more rapid progression and live three to six years after they are initially diagnosed. The Alzheimer's disease stages will give a family a very clear picture of what will be expected for the future care needs of the aging senior family member. I think that it is very important that family caregivers have an opportunity to open the lines of communication. It is important to have ongoing communications about what the aging senior's expectations are regarding their care as the disease progresses. Being aware of the signs of Alzheimer's, the disease progression and the expected behaviors and physical abilities or changes that may occur is important. This gives a family member and the aging senior the ability to understand what future care needs may be. More on the stages of Alzheimer's disease. How to use the information to make plans for future care needs More importantly, the family care giver has the opportunity to take time and explore the different stages of the disease. I think that this is very important. More often than not, a family care giver makes a commitment to provide care for an aging senior family member, not understanding what that commitment entails. Every individual has their limitations. Some individuals are able to provide care for someone that wanders, or is incontinent of bowel or bladder. Other family care givers would not feel comfortable providing care at such a personal level. Knowing your own limitations as a care giver, will help you and the senior family member to make plans for future care needs.

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