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Ebola and Other News Events

For someone living with dementia, news programs or articles can be confusing and a source of stress, especially when it involves a major crisis. News of the recent Ebola outbreaks, which have made their way to the United States, have caused distress for even the most present thinkers.

With dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), our executive functioning is impacted. This means we may face a decline in our ability to recognize time and space, our ability to reason, and our ability to retain and recall details.

How to know when a loved-one needs help

Our aging loved-ones are in transition.  The loss of family members and friends, a change in living arrangements, changes in fitness and health, the loss of driving privileges, even the death of a pet all put a loved-one under stress and may place them at risk.  With these life-changes it's completely normal for our loved-ones to show temporary signs of depression, irritability, forgetfulness and minor self-neglect.  But how how can you tell the difference between normal and temporary responses to stress and when it's something more concerning or more permanent?