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Alzheimer's disease + Dementia

Alzheimer's Disease

Many of us look forward to our retirement and see our later years as a chance to reflect and enjoy the lives we built for ourselves. But for hundreds of thousands of Canadians, this time of reflection becomes a time of loss and confusion.

Alzheimer’s disease and dementias

Some memory loss is a normal part of aging, but when memory loss and confusion impact your day-to-day life, it might be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease changes the structure of your brain. These changes affect the way your brain works. It affects the way you think, remember, act and feel. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the diseases that cause dementia, and it’s the most common type of dementia in Canada.

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Treatments: What Works?

It seems like everyone has an opinion when it comes to treatments for mental health or substance use problems. To add to the confusion, it isn’t always obvious who is basing their opinions on real evidence and who is not. And while we often hear people talk about evidence-based treatments, it’s also clear that complementary and alternative medicine approaches are helpful for some.

Seniors and Depression: The difference between depression and dementia

Depression is a mood disorder; dementias like Alzheimer’s disease, can have similar symptoms but they are different illnesses and have different treatment plans. It’s important to know what to look for to help determine what illness you might be dealing with. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis however so if you experience any of the symptoms of either illness see your doctor right away.

Navigating Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: Resources for multicultural communities

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive and degenerative brain illness. This means that it causes changes in your brain that cannot be stopped. These changes in the brain significantly impair thinking and memory, cause mood and behavioural changes, and impact daily functioning (see sidebar on warning signs).

iCON - Multicultural Public Health Education

Patients with chronic diseases who are engaged in their own self-care (i.e., taking an active role in managing one’s own health) can live longer, healthier lives. However, barriers exist for those within non-English speaking communities in BC and Canada who wish to practise self-care. For example, self-care resources may not reflect the culture of the community, and there is limited access to resources, including reputable web resources, in one’s own language.

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