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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-07-2019

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THE VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 7-13, 2019 ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS GUIDE 3 ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS | BASICS It can also be really scary, especially knowing the disease will get worse. The National Institute of Aging is a good resource for answering ques- tions or just offering questions to ask your loved one's medical team. Here are some things to know: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA Dementia is a progressive brain disorder that leads to the loss of a person's ability to think clearly and critically, to remember and to go about their regular daily routines. Alzheimer's is the most com- mon form of dementia and manifests similarly. ALZHEIMER'S OCCURS IN FOUR STAGES • Preclinical: Brain cells are degenerating and dying, but symptoms aren't obvious yet. • Early or mild: Memory loss, confusion and inability to do previously easy tasks begin to appear. These aren't always symptoms of dementia, but anyone experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor. • Middle: Memory loss and confusion gets worse; patients may have difficulty recogniz- ing family and friends. • Late or severe: Marked by the loss of ability to communi- cate, weight loss, difficulty walking and sleeping more. The person eventually becomes completely depen- dent on caregivers. THERE ARE TREATMENTS FOR ALZHEIMER'S The Food and Drug Administration has approved several drugs to treat symp- toms of dementia and Alzheimer's. Other treatments can help control some of the behavioral symptoms that come with the disease. There are also clinical studies which allow scientists to study the Alzheimer's-affected brain to find new prevention and treat- ment methods, which can allow patients access to novel treatments as well. YOU HAVE OPTIONS People in the final stages of Alzheimer's typically need full- time care. For family members who are taking on caregiving duties, that can be incredibly challenging. People who are experiencing or approaching this stage and need hospice care or other options can get help. Check with Eldercare Locator, the Family Caregiver Alliance and the National Council on Aging for financial assistance and other resources to help you through this diffi- cult time. What You Need to Know People typically live about eight years after symptoms of Alzheimer's become noticeable to those around them, which means a lot of time to make decisions, ask questions, gather information and cope with the effects of the disease. © ADOBE STOCK Content Produced by Green Shoot Media. © 2019 ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS | BASICS To schedule a tour, call 401-949-3880 20 Austin Avenue, Greenville, RI 02828 Traditional Assisted Living Subacute Skilled Nursing & Rehab Tour Our Beautiful Campus to See What Makes Us So Unique! R.I. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: DO YOU QUALIFY? Now Accepting Out of State Medical Marijuana Patients! These are the ONLY approved, qualifying, debilitating medical conditions ♦ Cancer or the treatment of this condition; including chemotherapy, radiation, etc. ♦ Glaucoma or the treatment of this condition ♦ Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or the treatment of this condition ♦ Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or the treatment of this condition ♦ Hepatitis C or the treatment of this condition A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: ♦ Agitation related to Alzheimer's Disease ♦ Cachexia or wasting syndrome ♦ Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) ♦ Severe, debilitating, chronic pain-(Specify) ♦ Autism Spectrum Disorder ♦ Seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy ♦ Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to, those characteristics of multiple sclerosis or Crohn's Disease ♦ Severe nausea Open M-Th 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays 8 a.m.-8 p.m. as of 11/14/19 401-889-3990

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