Wednesday, April 22, 2009

More Alzheimer's news

Alzheimer's has become a diagnosis that most seem to fear.

To help understand the disease, HBO has prepared a documentary called "The Alzheimer's Project". It looks not only from the perspective of the patient, but the family, and into the advances that are being made to produce a "cure" for this illness.

I am also including at the end the differences between the signs of Alzheimer's and other age-related changes, as well as the link to the Alzheimer's Association.

Alzheimer's from their point of view

HBO's groundbreaking, multi-platform documentary "The Alzheimer's Project," airing May 10-12, examines the effects Alzheimer's has on people with the disease and their families and discusses the advances made by the country's leading scientists. The first episode, "The Memory Loss Tapes" (May 10, 9 p.m. Eastern), takes an intimate look at seven individuals living with Alzheimer's, showing the devastating experience of memory loss from their point of view.
Learn more about "The Alzheimer's Project" http://alz.org/news_and_events_16202.asp

The difference between Alzheimer's and typical age-related changes
Signs of Alzheimer's
Poor judgment and decision making
Inability to manage a budget
Losing track of the date or the season
Difficulty having a conversation
Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them

Typical age-related changes
Making a bad decision once in a while
Missing a monthly payment
Forgetting which day it is and remembering later
Sometimes forgetting which word to use
Losing things from time to time

http://www.alz.org/index.asp

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