By Harry Cayton
Reasons in regards to the differing types and reasons of dementia. aid with the sensible problems with taking care of anyone with Alzheimer's. info of the place to move for aid and recommendation at the criminal and monetary implications. advice on picking out a care domestic, what to seem for and the way to organize. solutions to questions on attainable remedies and learn for the long run.
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For example, if it is found that your wife does have Alzheimer’s disease, you should consider organising a Power of Attorney – called a Lasting Power of Attorney in the new Mental Capacity Act in England (discussed in Chapter 11) – while she is still able to do this. You will also be able to investigate the various types of help that may be available (see Chapter 9). It may also be necessary to discourage your wife from driving (see the section ‘Driving’ in Chapter 6). Third, help and support including drug treatments may be available for your wife.
Is there a quick test for Alzheimer’s disease? I think I read something about one in a magazine. T here is no simple, single, straightforward test for Alzheimer’s disease. There have been some press reports about quick tests for Alzheimer’s disease, but no reliable test exists at the present time. Tests of various kinds, including blood tests and brain scans (see later in this chapter), can help doctors to rule out other possible causes of symptoms that resemble those of Alzheimer’s disease, and in some cases a brain scan can give a clue that Alzheimer’s is present.
W H AT IS AL Z H EIM ER ’S DISEA SE? | 29 How does Alzheimer’s disease usually progress? Does it always follow the same course? N o two people with Alzheimer’s disease will follow exactly the same course. The disease will progress more quickly in some people than in others; some people may die within five years, whilst others may live for more than 20 years after the diagnosis. Furthermore, no one will experience all of the symptoms and signs listed here. It is also important to note that the disease typically progresses gradually and does not fit neatly into the three stages outlined below.