Memory Loss and Older Adults

  • Aging and Memory Problems: Benign or Serious?

    Ever have trouble recalling a word or a name? The question is: when is memory loss part of the normal aging process, and when is it a sign of a more progressive problem?

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  • How Memory Loss Happens: Understanding Alzheimer's

    To understand why patients with Alzheimer's disease lose their memory, it's helpful to know how the brain creates memories.

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  • What to Do When a Senior Repeats the Same Things Over and Over

    One sign of the aging brain is repeating things more often. While there is no quick fix for this trying symptom, a change in attitude and some proven strategies can help you keep your cool and preserve your loved one’s dignity.

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  • 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia

    The signs and symptoms of dementia vary, but memory loss, behavior change, and increased confusion are common indicators of increasing cognitive difficulties. Look for these red flags to determine if a loved one should seek a comprehensive medical exam.

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  • The Connection Between Aging, Insomnia and Memory Loss

    Insomnia is a bothersome condition often associated with fragmented sleep and fatigue. But when chronic sleep deprivation is left unchecked, it can take a serious toll on a senior’s physical and mental health.

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  • I'm Forgetting and Misplacing Things; Is Dementia to Blame?

    Memory loss alone is not a sign of Alzheimer's disease. However, for caregivers, it could be indicative of other serious issues like chronic stress, sleep deprivation or burnout.

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  • 5 Dementia Tips from a Grandson

    Younger generations are surprisingly insightful when it comes to handling their elders’ dementia-related behaviors. See what techniques this teenager uses while visiting his grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s disease.

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  • How to Tell the Difference Between Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse

    Most seniors take several medications daily, which puts them at an increased risk of misusing their medications and even developing an addiction. Be aware of red flags that may indicate an aging loved one is not taking their prescriptions as directed.

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  • Mild Cognitive Impairment: 10 Things to Know

    Occupying the middle ground between normal aging and dementia lies a disorder known as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

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  • The Link Between Laughter and Memory Loss

    Aging is full of challenging situations, but being able to appreciate the lighter moments can be a good way to manage stress. Learn how laughter techniques can help caregivers stay healthy.

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  • Different Forms of Dementia Commonly Have Different Signs

    There's a common misconception that the primary indicator of dementia is memory loss. The reality is that different forms of dementia have different signs. Learn which signs commonly correspond with each type of dementia.

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  • Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: What Happens Next?

    Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a very overwhelming experience, both for the person diagnosed, and for family and friends. It is important that certain issues be addressed after the diagnosis has been made.

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  • Communication Techniques for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers

    Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia can be exceedingly difficult. Dementia education expert Teepa Snow examines three communication breakdowns seniors and their caregivers often experience.

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  • Grandpa is Scary: How Kids Cope with Alzheimer's in Grandparents

    Having a grandparent with Alzheimer's can be scary and confusing for children. Here's how to help them understand a grandparent's behavior and personality changes associated with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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  • Medical Tests Used to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

    If a loved one is experiencing unusual memory problems or changes in behavior, what tests should be run to either confirm or rule out dementia?

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  • Top 6 Problems with Medication Adherence in Seniors

    Medication issues are common among seniors and can have several different underlying causes. Use these simple solutions to help an aging loved one consistently manage their medications and prevent dangerous mistakes.

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  • How to Know if Your Parent Has Dementia

    It can be difficult to determine if a senior is showing signs of dementia or suffering from another health issue that impacts cognition. Explore signs, symptoms, and what to do if you think your parent has dementia.

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  • What to Do When a Senior Refuses to Bathe and Change Their Clothes

    There are many reasons why a senior’s bathing habits and personal hygiene may decline as they age. Be proactive about finding the root of poor hygiene and remember that compromise is key to the solution.

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  • Why Do People Die from Alzheimer’s Disease?

    The most noticeable symptom of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is memory loss, but this progressive condition ultimately weakens the immune system and prevents the body from functioning properly. Complications like infections are often the cause of death.

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  • How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects the Brain

    Alzheimer's disease is not natural aging. It is a progressive disease that causes the abnormal death of brain cells. The initial symptoms include memory loss, but as the disease progresses, it is important to be prepared for increasing levels of care.

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