Alzheimer’s Disease: A Nurse’s Perspective

Building a dementia-friendly community and raising awareness about memory loss disorders like Alzheimer's disease is a team effort. Alzheimer's Orange County spoke to local nurse Melinda Meyer, BSN, CCRN, to get a nurse's perspective on Alzheimer's disease and what others—including those in the healthcare field—should know about dementia and those affected by it. Read our

Alzheimer’s Orange County Reveals New Figures on Dementia Prevalence in Orange County

Irvine, Calif., April 24, 2022 – Alzheimer's Orange County has released new figures on the prevalence of dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Orange County, shedding light on the scope and severity of these conditions in the local community.   According to the data, more than 164,000 people in Orange County live with dementia or

What you need to know about frontotemporal dementia

Recently, the news of actor Bruce Willis’ frontotemporal dementia diagnosis made national headlines, but it also put the spotlight on a disorder many are unfamiliar with.  What is frontotemporal dementia?  According to the NIH, Frontotemporal disorders (FTD), sometimes called frontotemporal dementia is a rare form of dementia that tends to occur at a younger age

Ask the Expert: What can I do to understand what my loved one is experiencing?

Understanding their reality As a person’s cognitive ability starts to decline, the reality they perceive can be very different from ours. Dementias like Alzheimer's disease can cause more than just memory loss. The disease can impact our speech, logic, emotions, behavior, and affect our brain in other ways. People with Alzheimer’s may not have the

February 9th, 2023|Health & Lifestyle|

Activity Planning for Persons with Dementia

Thinking of ways to be more productive or increase one’s activity is common for anyone planning new goals or resolutions—especially at the start of a new year.  However, those caring for someone with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia may find that their loved one has new or increased feelings of apathy. If that’s something you’ve

January 12th, 2023|Health & Lifestyle|

Seven Things You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s and dementia

By Jim McAleer, President & CEO    What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?  Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly impairs memory and cognitive skills, and eventually the ability to carry out even the simplest tasks.   Many people use “Alzheimer’s disease” and “dementia” interchangeably believing they are the same thing. However,

November 17th, 2022|Health & Lifestyle|

Alzheimer’s Disease: A teenager’s perspective

Alzheimer's Orange County (AlzOC) recently had the opportunity to ask local teenager and AlzOC volunteer, Lindsey Ko to talk about Alzheimer's disease, how it affects families, and her personal connection to the disease. What inspired you to help people living with dementia? Seeing the effects of Alzheimer’s impact my great-uncle firsthand was really eye-opening for

November 9th, 2022|Health & Lifestyle|

What I Wish I Knew About Medical Records

Brought to you by Picnic Health. Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a difficult journey that millions of individuals in the United States are forced to tackle. Part of that caregiver journey usually includes managing your loved one’s medical care, including their medical history, prescriptions, and more. Having access to your loved one’s

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