It looks like there is an advantage in prescribing both drugs in combination (Aricept and Namenda) as an initial treatment.
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By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer’s Reading Room
When a person has Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia they are often difficult to understand. The behaviors they express are often difficult to accept.
It be be very hard to deal with a person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
It is hard to understand that a person can’t remember. Harder to accept that when they can’t remember, they will do things that are completely foreign to your frame of reference.
Each of us has emotions and feelings. Alzheimer’s has a way of bringing out the worst of these feelings and emotions.
The challenge — learning to deal with a person living with Alzheimer’s on their own terms. Learning to deal with Alzheimer’s disease.
GrandPa Do You Know Who I Am? Maria Shriver Video
This film tells five stories of children, ages 6-15, who are coping with grandfathers or grandmothers suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Maria Shriver provides commentary and delivers valuable “lessons” for the kids, urging them not to blame themselves for what their grandparents do or say.
“We are all children of Alzheimer’s.”
In Alzheimer’s World, Dotty is the person I always knew. Sure, her brain is sick. But, once I started treating Dotty like the person I always knew, she rewarded me by becoming kinder, gentler, and more cooperative.
This interesting Health Alert from John Hopkins discusses the different memory systems — episodic, semantic, procedural, and working — of the brain and how they are affected by Alzheimer’s disease…
Normal aging leads to changes in the brain, especially in areas involved in learning and memory. Some neurons shrink; others are disabled by damaging molecules called free radicals. Daily “insults,” such as high blood pressure or elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also take their toll.
Over time, these changes can make it more difficult for an older person to learn new tasks or to retrieve information from memory, such as someone’s name. With Alzheimer’s disease, the damage is more severe and ultimately affects larger regions of the brain.