This Alzheimer’s FAQ section is an attempt to answer the most common questions that people have about Alzheimer’s disease and other types or causes of dementia. When we started Best Alzheimer’s Products misconceptions and misinformation about dementia were common and widespread. People are generally better informed now, thanks to a more enlightened media and other informative venues like this website. On the other hand, if you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with dementia you likely know little about the disease or condition that is causing it. Few people study brain disease until it becomes personal.
This page is a good start if you are new to all of this. From here you can visit other pages and posts to study in more detail. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us; we will do our best to help. If you want to contribute to Alzheimer’s FAQ with a question and answer you think is pertinent please do. In either case,commenting at the bottom of this page will make it possible for our readers to contribute their own knowledge and experience. After all, all of us are smarter than one of us.
When dealing with a parent that has been diagnosed, is it best to just agree or to try to correct their thinking????. Should I just go along with her made up stories?
HI VIcki – My advice is to never try to correct the thinking of a person who has dementia unless safety is involved; it won’t work and that person will likely get angry and frustrated. Consider those made up stories as an exercise in creativity. These stories may have a meaningful reality that you don’t recognize
It’s actually by no means certain that Alzheimer’s is the most common dementia. Recent results in autopsy studies from the VA in Honolulu, actually show a 50% error rate in before death diagnosis. It’s only true to say that Alzheimer’s has been the most commonly-spoken of dementia — which becomes meaningless once we know it’s 50% wrongly diagnosed. And don’t forget
Dr Alzheimer’s keynote patient was a lifelong schizophrenic with kidney disease. It’s time to use the term dementia which is always correct and let Alzheimer’s return to 1915 again. After all, it’s not as if the wortd Alzheimer’s work for anyone. People are 50% more terrified of Alzheimer’s than of dementia. So everyone would be smarter to speak dementia.