Memory Loss and Older Adults Articles

  • 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.

  • Communication Techniques for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers

    Dementia education expert Teepa Snow examines three communication breakdowns that seniors and caregivers often experience as well as techniques for handling them that will diffuse tension and provide reassurance.

  • 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?

  • How To Know If Your Parent Has Dementia

    Dementia is not a normal part of the aging process. Explore signs, symptoms and what to do if a senior is showing signs of dementia.

  • 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.

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

    Forgetfulness 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.

  • An Overview of Alzheimer's Disease

    Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease include memory loss, language deterioration, poor judgment, confusion, mood swings, and behavior change. Eventually Alzheimer's destroys cognition, personality, and the body's ability to function.

  • Memory Problems: Benign or Serious?

    Ever have trouble recalling a word or a name? Have you or a loved one ever been concerned about mental deterioration or Alzheimer's disease?

  • Living with Dementia: Yesterday is a Blur

    I have no recollection of yesterdays. I haven't for a long, long time. The problem is, everything everyone does starts with their memory.

  • Prevent Memory Loss: Exercise Your Brain to Keep Your Mind Active

    Preventing memory loss is important at any age. To prevent memory loss and keep the mind working properly, you must stretch your brain beyond the 10 percent experts say we use.

  • Hospitalization May Increase Rate of Memory Loss in the Elderly

    Seniors facing a hospital stay may be risking losing their memory unnecessarily. Hospitalization may cause a senior's cognitive ability to deteriorate faster than normal. Elderly people may have increased risk of memory loss after being in a hospital.

  • 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.

  • Memory Loss Linked to Sleep Loss

    Lack of sleep has been linked to memory loss and an increased risk for developing Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases. Now, researchers are stressing that the sleep you get needs to be uninterrupted.

  • Study Shows Multi-Tasking is More Difficult for Elders

    Recent research has surfaced, indicating that elders are not as good at multi-tasking as younger people are. MRI scans point to the source of the discrepancy.

  • My Elderly Parent Has Dementia: What Activities Can We Do?

    Caregivers for the elderly with dementia often find that coming up with activities for the elder can require much thought and effort. Creating activities can really be quite simple if you follow some general guidelines.

  • Dad's Sense of Reality is Gone. What Do I Do?

    When your elderly parent has dementia or Alzheimer's enter you father's reality wherever he may be. What your father is thinking and feeling is his reality. It is counterproductive to change it.

  • Denial in the Face of Dementia

    Denial is a natural response for someone faced with a serious illness, but it is crucial for dementia patients and caregivers to be realistic and open about their diagnosis and feelings.

  • Does Dementia Change Who You Are?

    There is no definitive test for Alzheimer's or dementia, so it can often be difficult to receive a clear diagnosis. For some individuals, there is no concrete explanation for their cognitive impairment, and this uncertainty can be challenging to accept.

  • 5 Helpful Caregiver Tips for a Loved One with Dementia

    Family caregivers may be the first to notice the warning signs that indicate the onset of dementia in an elder. Consulting a senior's physician and being pro-active with diet, rest and exercise can help your loved one stay as sharp and healthy as possible during the initial stages of dementia.