The most recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference July 28-31, 2020 released news of a blood test that detects abnormal forms of tau protein (one of which is p-tau 217) one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) besides the amyloid plaques that accumulate in the brain. To date the only way to pick up tau levels was by testing spinal fluid or looking at a PET scan of the brain for amyloid plaque damage. This plasma test correlates well with the increase of amyloid in the brain as well, but detects it’s presence years before the damage to the brain shows outward signs.
I have listed numerous tips that might help you in your quest to have a more successful caregiver experience. As with everything else you have to judge where your loved-one is in the disease process, and whether what you are reading would work for him/her. Some may be past the point where a particular tip will help, so if it doesn’t, so be it. This is a time in your life where every day you have to learn to be flexible! If you can, then your caregiving experience will be much more successful and have less of a negative impact on you.