ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

B Vitamins May Protect Against Damaging Effects of Air Pollution, and Improve Cognition and Psychiat...

Relief for IBS, Colitis, Crohn’s And More

Can Magnesium Relieve Your Tinnitus?

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) - are you running a marathon each night?

Resveratrol Proven to Slow Brain Aging

Magnesium Protects Against Stroke, Heart Disease and Diabetes

Fruits and vegetables' latest superpower? Lowering blood pressure

Neroli Oil: The Pleasantly Fragrant Citrus Oil

Restoring NAD+ could reduce DNA damage accumulation

Whole-body vibration may be as effective as regular exercise

 
Print Page
Email Article

Ask Deborah: Memory Problems & Diagnosis

  [ 209 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By Deborah Dunn • www.ProHealth.com • February 28, 2002



This article is reprinted with permission from the Alzheimer’s Association of the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Calif. chapter, and is excerpted from their quarterly publication Side by Side, Fall 2000. Deborah Dunn MFT, is the director of patient and family services at the Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Calif. chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Q: My father is having problems with his memory and I have tried to convince mom and he to go to the doctor, but their response is, “What’s the point, if there’s no cure?” What do I say to this?

A: There are many important reasons to go to the doctor, and much they can do to be pro-active with dad’s memory loss. Primarily, a diagnosis is important to rule out any reversible causes for memory loss, such as thyroid dysfunction or B-12 deficiency. It is equally important to find the cause of the memory loss in order to prescribe proper medication, such as high blood pressure meds if dad is having small strokes, or if the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s, to prescribe a medicine which could help to lessen and slow down the symptoms, such as Aricept or Exelon. Given a diagnosis of memory impairment, there is much your folks can do to get information and support from their local Alzheimer’s chapter which will allow them to better cope and to plan ahead.

Q: My mom doesn’t know that she was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease as her physician did not come right out and tell her. My siblings and I want to be able to talk to her about the diagnosis but we’re afraid of how she will handle it. What should we do?

A: Many families face this dilemma. First, I would encourage you to elicit the aid of your physician as a resource. A family meeting with the doctor, when he or she understands that a primary purpose is to help your mother understand her medical condition, can be very supportive for everybody involved. A family counselor or social worker may be of great help, as well.

There is no definitive answer as to how, when or, in some cases, whether to tell a person of their diagnosis. This is an individual decision, hopefully based on how it will help the diagnosed person, or not. It is common that persons with memory impairment will feel relief in knowing that there is a physical cause for what they may be experiencing, though for some it is not necessarily best to label it with the word Alzheimer’s.



Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil FibroSleep™ Energy NADH™ 12.5mg

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
NAD+ Ignite with Niagen

Featured Products

Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%

Natural Remedies

Front Line Defense Against Colds & Flu - Support for Healthy Immune System Balance Front Line Defense Against Colds & Flu - Support for Healthy Immune System Balance
Are You Obtaining the Proper Enzymes? Are You Obtaining the Proper Enzymes?
Olea25 Olive Hydroxytyrosol Hits Astonishing 68,000+ ORAC Antioxidant Value Olea25 Olive Hydroxytyrosol Hits Astonishing 68,000+ ORAC Antioxidant Value
Vitamin K-2 – A Key Player in Cardiovascular and Bone Health Vitamin K-2 – A Key Player in Cardiovascular and Bone Health
Cocoa's Polyphenol Riches - All the Health Benefits without the Sugar, Calories or Guilt Cocoa's Polyphenol Riches - All the Health Benefits without the Sugar, Calories or Guilt

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2017 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map