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My mother, who has Alzheimer's Disease, recently fell and broke her ankle requiring surgery. Her period of recuperation from the surgery will be 3 months (surgery occurred on 10-5-10) and during that time she can not put any weight on the injured ankle, which is in a cast. she is currently in St. Lawrence Rehab and their staff has indicated she will need constant supervision and assistance during her convalescence. She lives in Trenton, however we live in Bordentown and we wanted to know if your facility offers temporary assisted living programs that would meet her needs. She is 84 years of age. We are not sure when she will be leaving St. Lawrence Rehab, however we estimate it will be within the next 7-10 days. Thank you very much for any information you can provide. I will try to reach out to you tomorrow by telephone.



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Alzheimer's Disease - Helpful & Unique Resources and Insights To Help You To Understand and Cope
Assisted Living Directory iconSummary - It is estimated that there are currently 5 million people in the US living with Alzheimer's disease. Unfortunately, many people view this disease as simply being a normal part of the aging process. This misconception highlights our collective misunderstanding of this fatal and progressive disease including warning signs. There is no cure, and today it is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States [1].
Article By: David Besnette - Founder/Editor for Assisted Living Directory

Ten Warning Signs Of Alzheimer's

Update: June 2014. I wanted to include this excellent, short video by the Alzheimer's Association of California & Nevada: Question and Answer: Biomarkers and Diagnosis for Alzheimer's

There are ten warning signs of Alzheimer's disease. Along with the advice of a doctor, these signs are critical to detecting Alzheimer's Disease

1) Memory Loss - Forgetting recently learned information is one of the most common early signs. However, it is considered normal for a person to forget names or appointments occasionally, so a distinction needs to be made between what is normal and what is becoming a more frequent trend of forgetfulness.

2) Difficulty performing familiar tasks - Forgetting the steps involved with preparing a meal, or forgetting how to do everyday tasks, like dialing phone number. However, it is usually considered normal for a person to occasionally 'lose their train of thought' or forget what you planned to say.

3) Problems with language - People affected by Alzheimer's may forget simple words and may try to replace them with unusual words.

4) Disorientation to time and place - People with Alzheimer's may go out for a walk in their own neighborhood and get lost a block from their house.

5) Poor or decreased judgment - People with Alzheimer's may go out into the freezing cold with very little clothing on, or may become very bad at managing their money. Alzheimer's sufferers often give away their money to strangers or telemarketers.

6) Problems with abstract thinking - Alzheimer's sufferers may not be able to do math or use numbers like the once could. Things like balancing a checkbook may become very difficult or impossible.

7) Misplacing things - People with Alzheimer's may put items in inappropriate places. They may put their wallet or purse in the freezer, or a bracelet in the toaster.

8) Changes in mood or behavior - Alzheimer's sufferers may show rapid and obvious mood swings. However, everyone's moods can change from one day to the next, and as we get older, so a distinction may be hard to make.

9) Changes in personality - Alzheimer's sufferers may become extremely confused, suspicious, fearful or dependent on a family member.

10) Loss of initiative - Alzheimer's sufferers may become extremely passive and lose interest in previous passions or hobbies.

[Video] Alzheimer's Disease - The effects of Alzheimer's disease on the brain. More about the warning signs of Alzheimer's here

Update - January 17, 2013 - We'd like to add this wonderful video describing the differences between Alzheimer's and Dementia:

The First Time I Learned About Alzheimer's Disease

I remember a neighbor growing up who lived just down the street from me. He was an elderly gentleman, but he was always doing interesting things. He was an ex-army fellow, so he was neat, particular, and organized. He had a wood shop in his garage, and was always building something beautiful with wood. Every day you could hear the buzzing of his saws and the whirring of his drills.

Every day like clockwork, "Mr. Parker" would go for a walk. "Mr. Parker" had an adorable puppy that would tag along, and every day they would take the same route past our house, up into the woods behind the cul-de-sac we lived on, and then he would return in about an hour. My friends and I would always be playing in the street as he walked by. "Mr. Parker" never failed to say "Hello David" with a smile.

I remember that as time went on, I noticed less noise coming out of his wood shop. I though that he was probably just busy, and didn't have time for it. I also noticed that his walks were not every day any more. Sometimes when I did see him, he seemed not quite as happy, and somewhat disheveled. He used to say "Hi David" when he walked by, it was now "Hello" with not much enthusiasm.

Not much later, I realized that I hadn't seen "Mr. Parker" in several months. I started to wonder how he was. I didn't think much of it. I soon learned that "Mr. Parker" had gone out for a walk one day and didn't return. He got lost on a route that he had done every day for years. When he was found, confused and scared, he was taken to a doctor. He learned that he had Alzheimer's disease.

That was the first time I had learned about this horrible illness - as a kid relating to an elderly neighbor. The most striking thing to me was the abrupt change in schedule - after all, this was an obsessively organized ex-army officer. Once I learned more about the disease, the symptoms he displayed were all too obvious. Unfortunately, they weren't obvious to him or those who knew him best. - by The Staff at Assisted Living Directory

Alzheimer's Association Education Video

Learn all about Alzheimer's Disease

Do you know the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's Disease? Are you aware of the plight of caregivers -- the friends and loved ones who care for Alzheimer's patients? These topics, as well as personal stories about Alzheimer's disease are covered in this wonderful presentation.

"Forgetful Not Forgotten"


There have been times during the development of Assisted Living Directory that I will come across a site that grabs my attention and won't let go. Forgetful not Forgotten is just such a site.

Forgetful not Forgotten is a web community focused on education and resources, and they regularly add new feature content that is based on the advice of experts in the fields of social work, long term care, and aging.

However, what really grabbed me, and touched me about this site is the film by Chris Wynn - a very moving and honest chronicle of his father's battle with Alzheimer's and the impact it had on his family.

The film really dives into the non-medical aspects of the disease, and the impact it made on the family, as well as Chris's mother, the primary caregiver.

I have not seen the entire film - however, there are a number of long trailers and video clips on FNF's site, as well as on Youtube that are as powerful as I can imagine the full feature would be.

I hope that someday I will have the opportunity to see the film in it's entirety.

An Outstanding Source for Information About Alzheimer's and Other Aging Topics - The Rubins

It is quite rare nowadays to come across a website that truly impresses me with outstanding content. I was thrilled to find such as site that talks about a wide range of aging issues, including an in-depth section about Alzheimer's. The Rubins is just such a site.

Harold and Allan Rubin have carefully constructed over 400 thorough articles, of which Alzheimer's disease is a common subject. Topics range anywhere from the "Implications of longer life with AD" to studying the link between insulin levels and memory.

I encourage anyone interested in really learning more about Alzheimer's Disease, Assisted Living, or just about any other aging-related topic to check out this marvelous site. The Rubins' site is an important source of a wide range of information that could prove helpful to individuals dealing with issues of aging.

Alzheimer's Disease - Facts, Fiction & Myth:

MYTH: Alzheimer's disease is only something older people get. THE TRUTH: Alzheimer's can affect people in their 30's. Did you know that over a half million people in the US under the age of 65 have Alzheimer's or related dementia?

I have heard the phrase "Midz-heimer's Disease" used jokingly to describe middle-aged people who are forgetful. Unfortunately, this phrase has more truth to it than most people realize.

DeCode Me - Useful Site

DeCODEme analyzes your DNA and provides you with easy to use, privacy protected, web-based tools to translate your personal genetic data into valuable health and ancestry information. The deCODEme genetic test is part of a strategy that promotes preventive health care and helps you keep abreast of the latest discoveries in genetics and health.

The Long Goodbye - Barbara's Story

If you would like to read a very heartfelt, and first-hand account about being a caregiver for a loved one who has Alzheimer's, please visit The Long Goodbye. James Capobianco's site is about his wife, Barbara, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in May, 1997. She was only 55 years old. James was forced to give up his business to become a full-time caregiver to his wife. James's site is touching, informative, and a great resource to learn more about this terrible disease.

Responses to this article:
Charles Wrote:
I am seeing a rise in younger folks getting hit with this awful condition. It makes me wonder if there are any environmental causes, or if it is just being diagnosed more.
1 July 2013 at 12.54 am

Sue Wrote:
One important lesson I have learned - if you have a parent or loved-one who has Alzheimer's, and 'acts out' behaviorially, make sure their facility can, and are willing to handle those behavior outbursts and issues. If not, you may find yourself moving your mom or dad from facility to facility after they have worn out their welcome.
1 March 2012 at 1.51 pm

Danny Wrote:
It is probably good for people to make sure that the long-term care place they have, or are looking at can handle **all** stages of dementia and Alzheimer's, and that mom or dad aren't going to be asked to move if their condition gets bad enough.
10 January 2012 at 3.54 pm

Martha Wrote:
I have both parents that I think we are going to need to put into some kind of memory care facility - but if one has Alzheimer's, and another has a non-Alzheimer's form of dementia, can most assisted living homes take a couple like this?
11 October 2011 at 3.02 pm

Tom Wrote:
My mom is diagnosed with alzheimer's and within the
last month has gone from mild forgetfulness to most of the signs in stage 6 of the disease. I did not
know it was that progressive. what is her life
expectancy
10 April 2010 at 1.03 am

Sandy W . Wrote:
Seems like you year more and more lately about younger people getting Alzheimer's. Scary.
10 August 2008 at 11:11 am

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