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Alzheimer's Disease Related Terms

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  • Safe Return

  • The Alzheimer�s Association�s nationwide identification, support, and registration program that assists in the safe return of individuals with Alzheimer�s or related dementia who wander and become lost.

  • Senile Plaque

  • See amyloid plaque.

  • Senility

  • Term meaning "old," once used to describe elderly diagnosed with dementia. Today, we know dementia is caused by various diseases (e.g., Alzheimer�s) and is not a normal part of aging.

  • Sequencing

  • In human behavior, doing things in a logical, predictable order.

  • Shadowing

  • Following, mimicking, and interrupting behaviors that people with dementia may experience.

  • Side Effect

  • An undesired effect of a drug treatment that may range in severity from barely noticeable, to uncomfortable, to dangerous. Side effects are usually predictable.

  • Skilled Nursing Care

  • Level of care that includes ongoing medical or nursing services.

  • Special Care Unit

  • Designated area of a residential care facility or nursing home that cares specifically for the needs of people with Alzheimer�s.

  • Spinal Cord

  • One of the two components of the central nervous system. The spinal cord is the main relay for signals between the brain and the rest of the body.

  • Stages

  • Course of disease progression defined by levels or periods of severity: early, mild, moderate, moderately severe, severe.

  • Sundowning

  • Unsettled behavior evident in the late afternoon or early evening.

  • Support Group

  • Facilitated gathering of caregivers, family, friends, or others affected by a disease or condition for the purpose of discussing issues related to the disease.

  • Suspiciousness

  • A mistrust common in Alzheimer patients as their memory becomes progressively worse. A common example is when patients believe their glasses or other belongings have been stolen because they forgot where they left them.

  • Synapse

  • The junction where a signal is transmitted from one nerve cell to another, usually by a neurotransmitter.

  • Synaptic Vesicles

  • Small sacs located at the ends of nerve cell axons that contain neurotransmitters. During activity the vesicles release their contents at the synapse, and the neurotransmitter stimulates receptors on other cells.

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