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Food for Thought: 11 Tasty Foods that Reduce...
After reading hundreds of research studies on how to protect our brain from dementia, 11 foods keep rising to the top.
Don't Overlook These Alzheimer's Symptoms
Although each person is different, most advance through a series of stages characterized by progressively more serious Alzheimer's symptoms.
The Complete Guide to Spotting Alzheimer's...
Understanding the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease can help you determine if you or a loved one may have the disease. Learn about the different stages of Alzheimer's and how they affect cognition, emotions, behavior and physical health.
What Is Vascular Dementia?
Vascular dementia is one of the second most common types of dementia, along with Lewy body dementia. Learn about the prevalence, causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of vascular dementia.
Lewy Body Dementia
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Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease: Signs,...
About 5% of those with Alzheimer's disease have early-onset Alzheimer's, which affects people younger than age 65. Learn about the signs, symptoms, and diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
The Difference Between Alzheimer's and Lewy...
Confused about the difference between Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body dementia? Learn how these two kinds of dementia are alike and different from each other, including their prevalence, prognosis and symptoms.
8 Movies About Dementia You Shouldn't Miss
The 2008 Oscar nominations included two Best Actress nods for performances in movies that deal with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Here are eight movies you shouldn't miss that handle this difficult subject with grace, dignity, and realism.
Does Lewy Body Dementia Have Stages?
Learn more about what to expect in the progression of Lewy body dementia, and how this disease progresses differently than Alzheimer's disease.
Early Indicators of Alzheimer's Disease
Before a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, people often notice early indicators -- either about themselves or about a relative -- that signal possible Alzheimer's. Be aware of the ten classic warning signs first identified by the Alzheimer's Association.
What's the Difference between Vascular Dementia...
A comparison of the prevalence, progression, cause, symptoms and other factors of each of these two types of dementia.
Who Are the Super Agers?
SuperAgers? No, they can't fly through the sky, but they CAN keep up with people decades younger than them, in terms of their memory.
How Much Coffee Do You Need to Delay Alzheimer's?
Learn about the benefits of coffee for your brain, and how it might be more than just the caffeine that is helpful.
Huntington's Disease
Learn what Huntington's Disease is, what its symptoms are, how it's passed down genetically and what treatments are available. Also, how is it similar to and different from Alzheimer's disease?
Alzheimer's and the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE)
Of the many existing tests that screen for Alzheimer's, the MMSE is widely used and reliable. Taking about 10 minutes to complete, the MMSE measures aspects of cognition that include orientation, word recall, attention and calculation, language abilities, and visual construction. Scores may need to be adjusted or interpreted differently to account for a person's age, educational level, and ethnicity/race.
10 Types of Diseases That Can Cause Dementia
Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia -- in fact, almost two-thirds of dementia cases are due to Alzheimer's disease. However, a host of other conditions can also cause dementia, including vascular dementia, Lewy body disease, HIV/AIDS, normal pressure hydrocephalus, Wernicke Korsakoff syndrome, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Pick's disease, Parkinson's disease, head trauma, and Huntington's disease.
Simple Word Test Identifies Early Onset of...
A simple word test may be the key to early diagnosis of Alzheimer's.
Do You Have Early Onset Alzheimer's? Signs of...
Are you wondering if you or a friend may be experiencing early onset Alzheimer's? Although Alzheimer's typically affects older adults, it can also strike younger people with jobs and families. Learn what symptoms to look for at your job if you have early onset dementia.
The Brilliant Brain Benefits of Berries
Good news for those of you who enjoy eating berries. Here's how they can protect your brain, as well as serve as a delicious snack.
What Is Alzheimer's Disease?
Learn what Alzheimer's disease is, what its symptoms are, how it's diagnosed and treated, and how to cope with the effects of this most common form of dementia.
Is It Alzheimer's Disease or Vitamin B12...
Did you know that low levels of vitamin B12 can cause symptoms of dementia? Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency, and how it differs from Alzheimer's disease.
The Main Causes of Alzheimer's Disease
While scientists are still trying to determine what causes Alzheimer's, they have pinpointed several factors that increase a person's risk for developing the disease. Understanding how plaques and tangles, age, family history, and lifestyle affect risk can empower people to accept the factors they cannot change and make adjustments in the areas over which they do have control.
What Is Cerebral (Brain) Atrophy?
What is brain atrophy? Learn what causes it and how you can prevent or even reverse cerebral atrophy.
The Late Stages of Alzheimer's Disease
The late stages of Alzheimer's are a time of slowing down compared to earlier stages, when behavioral symptoms are more prominent. Still, it's important to know about late-stage symptoms and how to provide optimal care in regard to nutrition, bowel and bladder issues, immobility, infections and illnesses, and pain and comfort. Learn about the late stages of Alzheimer's disease.
What Is the Clock-Drawing Test?
The clock-drawing test: What is it, how is it scored, and is it an effective screen for Alzheimer's and other dementia? How does the clock-drawing test compare to the Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE)?
Alzheimer's and Montreal Cognitive Assessment...
Of the increasing number of available tests that screen for Alzheimer's disease, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) has been used in memory clinics, community settings, and academic settings.
What are the Causes of Death in People with...
Alzheimer's disease is presently considered the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. While Alzheimer's disease is a progressive illness that invariably leads to death, the main causes of death include pneumonia, cardiovascular diseases, lung embolism, cachexia, and dehydration.
Does Caffeine Decrease Your Risk of Alzheimer's...
Is that cup of coffee good for you or not? Here's what research says about coffee, caffeine and your brain.
4 Types of Memory That Everyone Has
Are you confused about sensory, short-term, working, and long-term memory? Learn about these 4 types of memory and how they are impacted by Alzheimer's disease.
Tips on Spotting Early Signs of Dementia
Early diagnosis of dementia is key for treatment and planning, so if you're going to be spending time with your loved ones soon, take note of these signs that might indicate mild dementia.
Symptoms of Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease
The earlier stages of Alzheimer's affects cognitive processes more than physical functioning. Late-stage Alzheimer's affects control bodily systems.
What Is Dementia?
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9 Things that Make You More Likely to Develop...
Curious about what makes you more likely to develop Lewy body dementia? Here are 9 factors which affect your risk of developing this type of dementia.
What Is Frontotemporal Dementia?
Frontotemporal Dementia is a fairly common dementia, yet is often misdiagnosed initially. Learn about its symptoms, prognosis and treatments, as well as how it differs from Alzheimer's.
Six Types of Elder Abuse
Six Types of Elder Abuse. How seniors are abused physically, psychologically, sexually, financially or by neglect.
Challenging Behaviors in Dementia
Learn about different kinds of challenging behaviors in dementia, why they develop, their prevalence, and how to respond to them.
Pick's Disease
In Pick's disease the brain tissue changes and loss occurs in focal areas of the brain rather than the generalized damage associated with Alzheimer's.
Responding to Hallucinations in Lewy Body...
Hallucinations can occur in several types of dementia, but people with Lewy body dementia are particularly prone to experience repetitive hallucinations. Learn more about this phenomenon, including some tips for responding to and treating hallucinations in Lewy body dementia.
Ideas for Meaningful Activities for People with...
For those with dementia, there's more to activities than just bingo. Consider some of these practical options for mental stimulation and social interaction.
Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease
Although there is no single test that can definitively diagnosis Alzheimer's disease, a qualified physician can diagnose Alzheimer's with over 90% accuracy. Learn what to expect during a diagnostic workup and what kinds of specialists may be involved in the process.
Should Your Loved One with Dementia Really Take...
Learn more about the appropriate and inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications such as Resperdol, Zyprexa, Seroquel and Abilfy for people who have Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
6 Tips to Improve Your Memory and Recall
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Pressure Sores
Also known as pressure ulcers, bed sores, or skin ulcers; pressure sores are areas of damaged skin and tissue at the points on the body where sustained pressure, friction or moisture leads to the skin being injured.
Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease
The possibility of an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis can elicit stress and anxiety. Reduce this anxiety by learning what tests are used to diagnose Alzheimer's,which doctor you should go to for an evaluation and how to prepare for the appointment.
What to Expect in the Middle Stages of...
Learn about some of the symptoms and challenges of mid-stage/moderate Alzheimer's, and how you can respond well to them.
Major Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease
You are worried that the way you are feeling or the problems you are experiencing may be sings or symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Check yourself out against this information about the major symptoms of Alzheimer's
What Is the Clock Drawing Test?
The clock drawing test is an assessment that can be used as a part of a neurological test or as a screening tool for Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.
Understanding the Usefulness of Alzheimer's...
Of the increasing number of available tests that screen for Alzheimer's disease, the Saint Louis University Mental Status Examination (SLUMS) may be especially helpful in the early detection of cognitive impairment.
What's the Difference Between Delirium and...
Confused about how to distinguish delirium from dementia? Here's a practical guide outlining the differences, as well as tips on how to spot delirium in someone who has dementia.
Is the SAGE At-Home Dementia Test Accurate? How...
Interested in taking a brief self-administered cognitive screening test? Here's a simple way to assess your memory and thinking skills.
What is sundowning and how do I deal with it?
Sundowning refers to a variety of difficult behaviors in dementia that tend to occur at a regular time each day, usually in the early evening. This article addresses how to deal with sundowning, preferably without medication but sometimes with medication.
Should You Worry if You Can't Find the Right...
Have you ever experienced that tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon? That's a frequent frustration for many people, including those who are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Learn about some of the causes of word-finding difficulties, as well as some practical suggestions for how to respond to them when they occur in a loved one with Alzheimer's.
Life Expectancy for People With Alzheimer's...
Although there's no cure for Alzheimer's, there's often confusion about whether it's a fatal disease. Learn about the prognosis for someone who's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Paranoia and Delusions in Alzheimer's Disease
The paranoia and delusions that can be part of Alzheimer's and other dementias can be hard to handle, especially when loved ones make accusations or become angry with us. Review these suggestions of how to cope with and respond to these challenging behaviors in dementia.
What to Expect in the Early Stages of...
If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it can be helpful to know what to expect. Learn about the symptoms, emotions and impending decisions associated with early stage Alzheimer's disease.
What's the Difference Between Alzheimer's and...
Is there a difference between Alzheimer's disease and normal age-related memory loss? While people do experience minor changes in their memory and thinking as they age, these changes don't affect daily functioning or the ability to live independently. Learn about the differences between normal age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
A Surprising Early Sign of Lewy Body Dementia
Learn about an interesting predicter of Lewy body dementia.
Submit an Article to Alzheimer's
Share your experience as a caregiver or professional relating to Alzheimer's?
Non-Drug Tips for Coping With Challenging...
Changing the caregiver's approach to challenging behavior in Alzheimer's disease can improve coping and quality of life for both those with Alzheimer's and their loved ones. Rather than first resorting to medication to handle agitation or aggression in Alzheimer's, try these eight practical tips.
Condom Catheters- Nurrsing Care for Men with a...
In Alzheimer's disease incontinence often becomes a major source of stress for the person with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. In this article I look at the condom catheter for men.
Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior and Dementia
Sometimes challenging behaviors in dementia take the form of obsessive-compulsive actions. Learn how to respond to them.
What Kind of Nuts Are Good for Your Brain?
Is it just a clever ploy and great advertising by the nut industry, or do nuts really help our brains? And if so, is one kind of nuts more effective than another?
Causes of Falls in People with Dementia
Preventing falls is an important goal when caring for someone with dementia. Understanding why people fall is one key to reducing them. Learn about some common causes and contributors to falls, and what you can do to help.
50 Activity Ideas for Someone with Alzheimer's
Fifty ideas for activities for Alzheimer's.
Cognitive
What does it mean when my doctor refers to cognitive symptoms?
Does the Mediterranean Diet Make a Difference...
Does what you eat make a difference? Learn what research says about how a Mediterranean diet can affect cognitive functioning and risk for dementia.
Younger People with Dementia
Younger people with dementia, their caregivers and children have to face problems that older people with Alzheimer's disease do not. Roughly a third of young people with Dementia have Alzheimer's disease. Early onset Alzheimer's can develop in some very rare cases in people in their thirties.
10 Things Not to Do to People With Alzheimer's...
Not sure what to do or say to someone with Alzheimer's disease? Start by skipping these 10 things, and you'll be way ahead.
Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
Confused about how to treat Alzheimer's disease? Learn about drug therapy and non-drug approaches for the symptoms of Alzheimer's.
Why Do We Forget Things?
The causes of memory loss range from simply being distracted to Alzheimer's disease. Learn about the different reasons we forget information.
Why Is Alzheimer's Called Type 3 Diabetes?
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What is Alzheimer's Disease?
What's the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia? How common is Alzheimer's, and can other disorders mimic it? What symptoms indicate that a person might have Alzheimer's disease, and how is it diagnosed and treated? Learn the basics about Alzheimer's disease.
What Is the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment...
The Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale- Cognitive Subscale test is one of the most frequently used tests to measure cognition in clinical trials.
Blood Pressure Explained
Blood pressure results from two forces. One created by the heart as it pumps blood into the arteries through the circulatory system. The other is the force of the arteries as they resist the blood flow.
Short-Term Memory
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Can Too Many Medications Cause Symptoms of...
Do you or your loved one take more than five medications? Learn about the risk of too many medications and how drug interactions can cause signs of delirium and dementia.
Keep It Healthy: 10 Ways to Be Nice to Your Brain
Interested in preventing Alzheimer's and keeping your brain healthy? Here are 10 things you can do to decrease your risk of dementia.
Curcumin: A Way to Prevent and Treat Alzheimer'...
Interested in preventing and treating dementia more effectively? Learn about the benefits curcumin (a common curry spice) has shown in research.
Could Coconut Oil Really Treat Alzheimer's...
There's quite a bit of information circulating about using coconut oil to treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease. I did some research, and here's what I found.
Using Reality Orientation in the Treatment of...
Learn about the benefits and cautions of using reality orientation as an approach to confusion in people with dementia.
Can Thyroid Disorders Cause Forgetfulness?
Learn how thyroid disorders including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can affect your ability to concentrate, remember, react and visually process information.
Neurosyphilis
Neurosyphilis a dementia caused by syphilis
Is It Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer's...
What does it mean if your doctor says you have mild cognitive impairment? Learn how MCI is similar to and different from Alzheimer's disease and normal forgetfulness.
Causes of Fecal Incontinence
Fecal incontinence is stigmatizing, embarrassing and causes misery to both with person with Alzheimer's and their caregiver.
Cortical & Subcortical Dementias
Depending on which part of the brain is suspected as the cause of dementia, the dementia may be classified as either cortical or subcortical.
Mental Exercise: 12 Ways to Work Out Your Brain
Physical exercise is one of the most effective ways to exercise our brains.
Using Validation Therapy for People with Dementia
Learn what validation therapy consists of and how to use it to help people with Alzheimer's or other dementias.
Reminiscence Therapy and Activities for People...
Reminiscence is something we all do and the older we get the more likely we are to fall back on our memories. This perfectly natural activity can have a great therapeutic effect with people who suffer with memory loss for recent events. Tapping into a persons past can not only reveal a rich seam of insight and wisdom, but it can be a real tonic for someone who has memory difficulties as a result of their condition. Read more about reminiscence therapy.
Urinary Tract Infection and Alzheimer's Disease
Urinary tract infection in the elderly or in people with Alzheimer's can profoundly affect not only their health but can result in significant behavioral changes.
The Trail Making Test and Its Use as a...
Learn what the Trail Making Test consists of, how Part A differs from Part B, how it's scored and how it's used to screen people for dementia.
How to Choose an Alzheimer's Doctor
When it comes to Alzheimer's disease, seeing the right kind of professional is crucial to receiving the proper care and treatment. But who do you see? The medical field has split itself into so many specialties that finding the right professional can be a daunting task. Read on to determine what kind of expert will best meet your specific needs. Of course, always check to make sure professionals are licensed or certified to practice their specializations.
Parkinson's Disease Dementia
A type of dementia that occurs if a patient develops a progressive dementia at least two years after a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease has been made.
How to Respond to Combative Behavior in People...
Wondering what the term combative behavior means? Or, perhaps you are well aware of its definition but are wondering how you should respond to it. Learn some practical techniques for responding to combative behavior in people with dementia.
Tips on How to Know When It's Time for Nursing...
How do you know when to move your loved one into a nursing home? This decision is a challenging one, so here are some tips for you to think about as you consider this choice.
What Is Orientation and How Is It Affected by...
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How Many Years Can Your Brain Gain if You Eat...
Need a reason to choose that salad for lunch? How about this? Participants who ate green leafy vegetables saw a significant improvement in their memory.
Alzheimer's Disease and Sundowning
People with Alzheimer's might exhibit sundowning, or a marked increase in agitation and confusion in the late afternoon and evening. Learn how to manage sundowning in Alzheimer's disease.
What Is the Stroop Test and How Is it Used to...
Learn what the Stroop test, what it's used for, and how effective it is as an assessment for early stage Alzheimer's disease.
Visuospatial Ability
What is visuospatial ability and how is it relevant to people with Alzheimer's disease?
What Is the Verbal Fluency Test and How Does It...
Although there are several ways to screen for dementia, the verbal fluency test is one of the quickest ways. Learn how to administer and score this simple cognitive test, as well as how to interpret the results.
How the Mini-Cog Is Used to Screen for...
The Mini-Cog is a rapid Alzheimer's screening test that takes only 3-5 minutes to administer. It combines 3-item recall with the clock-drawing test.
Is Alzheimer's Disease Inherited?
Wondering if Alzheimer's disease is inherited? Learn how genetics affects your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Does Alzheimer's Disease Affect Your Ability to...
Do the early stages of Alzheimer's disease only affect your memory, or are there also changes in your physical abilities such as walking? Learn more about some of the possible physical symptoms of dementia.
Alzheimer's Disease and Anxiety
Alzheimer's disease causes many problems, including anxiety. This feeling of uneasiness, fear, and apprehension occurs in many who have Alzheimer's, particularly during the early and middle stages of the disease. Anxiety can increase distress for both individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, but a number of pharmaceutical and behavioral strategies can help.
When Should Medications for Alzheimer's Be...
How long is it useful to provide medication or someone with Alzheimer's disease? There are a number of important things you need to consider
10 Things to Stop Doing If You’re a...
If you're a caregiver for a family member or friend with dementia, there are often lots of challenges and rewards that come with that role. Sometimes we get stuck in patterns without intending to, and not all of those habits are helpful. Do you struggle with any of these areas in the role of caregiver for your loved one?
What Are the Differences Between a Nursing Home...
Many people would be surprised at how these two types of facilities have become more similar than different over the past 15 years, with assisted living facilities accepting residents with more physical, psychiatric, and cognitive problems than they have in the past. The major differences between the two settings will be addressed in this article, including regulations, staffing, and medication issues.
Dementia
What's the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's?
How Does Medicaid Coverage for Nursing Home...
Are you concerned about paying for nursing home care for yourself or a loved one? Learn how Medicaid works, when it will pay for long term care, and how to apply for this benefit.
What Are the 4 A's of Alzheimer's Disease?
Want an easy way to describe the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease? Start with the 4 A's.
What Is the Digit Span Test?
Learn how the Digit Span Test is conducted and what it assesses.
CT Scan
My doctor has recommended a CT scan. What is it and how do CT scans work?
Drugs for Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms of...
Alzheimer's treatment for mood and behavior challenges is comprised of non-drug approaches (the first line of defense) and drug therapy. Drug therapy typically involves the psychotropic class of medications including antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood-stabilizers, hypnotics and anti-anxiety medications.
Activating a Durable Power of Attorney for...
Has your loved one designated a medical power of attorney? If so, do you know how and when it should be put into effect? Learn about the process of activating a durable power of attorney for healthcare.
Hip Fracture + Dementia = A Bad Combination
Learn how prevalent hip fractures are in people with dementia, the prognosis for recovery, and how you can help prevent falls and fractures.
Why Valproate (Depakote) Should Not Be Used to...
Valproate is sometimes suggested as a way to reduce the difficult behaviors such as agitation and aggression that can develop with dementia. Does it work?
How Are Parkinson's Dementia and Dementia with...
Learn how dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's disease dementia are alike and different from each other.
What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?
Years ago, memory loss was considered to simply be an inevitable part of aging. Today, however, we know that memory loss once considered normal now may be an early sign of disease, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Learn more about mild cognitive impairment and memory loss in aging adults.
Questions About Feeding Tubes in Late-Stage...
Are you faced with a decision about feeding tube placement for your loved one with Alzheimer's? Learn about the pros and cons of tube feeding in late-stage dementia.
Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia
What is behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia? Learn about its symptoms, treatment and prognosis, as well as how it differs from Alzheimer's disease.
Executive Functioning
How do I know if Alzheimer's is affecting executive functioning?
Talking to People with Dementia
Communicating and talking with someone who has dementia requires a few modifications. Here are a few ideas to help you communicate in the most effective way
What Does it Mean to be Senile?
Despite being a pejorative, confusing term, the word senile has a fairly straightforward meaning: the state of being aged. Because the words senile and senility connote infirmity, feeblemindedness, and even dementia, they are usually best avoided when describing an aging person.
Mood Stabilizing Medications
Mood stabilizing medications are being increasingly used to help treat symptoms of dementias such as Alzheimer's disease.
10 Things People with Dementia Wish You Knew
If someone with Alzheimer's disease had their cognition restored, what would they say? See life from their perspective and learn what they might wish you knew about them.
Which Physical Exercise is the Best for Your...
Physical exercise is good for the body and the brain, but have you ever wondered what type of exercise gives your brain the most benefit?
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)
Curious about what causes dementia besides Alzheimer's? Learn about normal pressure hydrocephalus, a reportedly under-diagnosed cause of dementia. Know how to spot the symptoms, how it's diagnosed, and what treatments are available. Also, how is normal pressure hydrocephalus different from Alzheimer's disease?
Primary Progressive Aphasia
Wondering what primary progressive aphasia is? Here's an overview of its symptoms, treatment, and prognosis, as well as how it differs from other more well-known neurological problems, such as Alzheimer's.
Recognizing Pain in Late-Stage Alzheimer's...
While it's important to keep your loved one comfortable during late-stage Alzheimer's, this can be challenging because the disease affects your relative's ability to tell you when he or she is uncomfortable. Here are three ways to recognize pain in late-stage Alzheimer's disease.
What Is Mixed Dementia?
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What Is the Boston Naming Test and How Is It...
Learn what the Boston Naming Test is, what it measures, how its scored and how effective it is at identifying Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Eight Reasons Why Meaningful Activities Are...
Are you caring for someone with dementia? Learn eight reasons why it's critical to offer meaningful activities to people who have Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.
Is It Forgetfulness or Alzheimer's?
This article distinguishes forgetfulness due to normal aging and memory loss from symptoms that may indicate early Alzheimer's disease.
How to Designate a Power of Attorney for...
Perhaps you're considering designating someone to make medical decisions if some day you're not able to clearly communicate your preferences. Learn the benefits of, and how to draw up, a durable power of attorney for healthcare.
Alzheimer's Disease and Sexuality
Alzheimer's disease can cause inappropriate behavior with sexual overtones (undressing in public) as well as take a toll on physical intimacy, especially when the afflicted partner can no longer give meaningful consent. Learn what sexuality changes to expect in relation to Alzheimer's disease and how to cope with them.
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in...
Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in Alzheimer's Disease
Staying Sane when Your Loved One with Dementia...
Learn about what hoarding is, why it sometimes accompanies dementia and how we can respond to it.
What to Do When Someone with Dementia Talks...
If your patient or loved one with dementia expresses thoughts of suicide, do you know what you should do? Learn what places someone with dementia at a higher risk of suicide and which responses might be helpful.
10 Tips for Visiting People in the Middle...
Not sure how to visit a loved one in the middle stages of Alzheimer's? Maybe you're wondering what to talk about or how to respond to a confused friend. Review these 10 suggestions for a positive, encouraging visit.
How Many of these 7 Signs of Caregiver Burnout...
Being a caregiver for someone with dementia can be very rewarding as well as quite challenging. Care-giving requires the dedication of time, as well as physical and emotional energy. Review these 7 signs of caregiver overload to evaluate how you're doing in the important job of taking care of yourself as well as your loved one.
Behavior Management
Alzheimer's disease can create challenging behaviors such as aggression, agitation, apathy, confusion, hallucinations, repetition, sundowning, suspicion, and wandering. Learn how to manage the challenging behaviors associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Capgras Syndrome in Lewy Body Dementia
Does your loved one with Lewy body dementia think you're an imposter at times? Learn more about Capgras syndrome and how to respond to it.
Long-Term Memory: How Is It Affected by...
What is the long-term memory, and how Alzheimer's disease affects its functioning? What's the best way to respond to memory loss in others?
Alzheimer's Disease and Suspicion
People with Alzheimer's might exhibit suspicion, which can be stressful for the caregiver and the person with the disease. Learn how to manage suspicion in Alzheimer's disease.
Tough Questions about Drugs for People with...
Sometimes, loved ones with dementia are receiving multiple medications. Ensure that you are aware of each medication and the purpose for which it was prescribed.
Why Do Some People with Dementia Cry and Call...
Ever wonder why someone with dementia calls out or cries frequently? Learn a few reasons why this behavior might be present, as well as some possible ways you might be able to help improve the person's quality of life.
10 Things to Know about Parkinson's Disease...
Wondering what Parkinson's disease dementia really is? Here are 10 things to know about this type of Lewy body dementia.
Neuropsychological Testing Used In The...
Neuropsychological testing is sometimes used in the evaluation of Alzheimer's disease to learn more about the nature and level of a person's impairment. Learn about neuropsychological tests commonly used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease, such as the ADAS-Cog, Blessed Test, CANTAB, Clock Drawing Test, Cognistat, and NPI.
Melatonin and Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's disease is a devastating illness, but unique treatments like the hormone melatonin may be able to improve difficult symptoms such as sleeplessness and sundowning. Learn about melatonin and what research has found about its benefits for people with Alzheimer's disease.
The Use of Restraints for People with Dementia
Have you ever seen a person with Alzheimer's disease restrained in their wheelchair? If so, how did this make you feel? Learn about the risks of using restraints for people who have dementia, as well as some compassionate alternatives to this practice.

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