Signs of Dementia Articles

  • Should You Be Tested for Dementia?

    Not all cognitive decline indicates dementia or Alzheimer's. Some cognitive changes are due to conditions or diseases that are treatable or even reversible. It’s important to get tested and find out a diagnosis-whether you want to or not.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Behavior Change as a Sign of Frontotemporal Dementia

    When you think about the telltale signs of dementia, memory loss is often top of mind. But marked behavior change in a senior may be a dangerous sign of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) that has nothing to do with memory.

  • Hallucinations, Delusions and Paranoia Related to Dementia

    Learn the differences between these three common dementia behaviors and the best techniques for how to respond to them.

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  • Will I inherit Alzheimer's disease if my parent has it?

    When a parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia, children want to know, "Can Alzheimer's disease be inherited?" What causes Alzheimer’s disease isn't fully understood, but some cases of early-onset Alzheimer's called familial AD, are inherited.

  • An Overview of the Types of Dementia

    Dementia is a goup of disorders classified in many different ways depending on the progression and which parts of the brain are affected. Learn the differences between: Alzheimer's, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia.

  • 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.

  • What Am I Doing Here?

    After blanking out during a recent speaking engagement, I realized how few people know about or recognize the signs of dementia. Patient perspectives are crucial to achieving a better understanding of this disease.

  • Why We Might Fear Alzheimer's

    Alzheimer's is a disease that evokes great fear in many people. But where do these fears come from? Are they grounded in reality, or misunderstanding?

  • The Memory Challenge: 8 Ways to Construct Cognitive Reserve

    Having a healthy store of cognitive reserve is thought to decrease a person's risk for developing cognitive impairment as a result of dementia. Here are 8 techniques caregivers can use to boost their own mental reserves and those of their loved ones.

  • Worrying about Getting Dementia

    Caregivers are constantly concerned about a list of responsibilities and possibilities. However, fear over developing dementia should not be on this list.

  • Addressing Alzheimers' Elephant in the Room

    The increased focus on Alzheimer's research is promising, but the efforts have all but ignored one of the most devastating features of this disease: the behavioral symptoms of dementia.

  • Alzheimer’s: To Tell, or Not to Tell?

    A caregiver's perspective on when you should (and shouldn't) tell someone they have Alzheimer's disease.

  • Experts Identify Three Barriers to Timely Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

    The closer scientists come to developing a cure for Alzheimer's, the more they tout the necessity of being able to identify the disease earlier in its course. According to the Alzheimer's Association, earlier detection of the disease can give seniors and their families the time to process a diagnosis and make plans for the future.

  • How to Know if Your Aging Parent Needs a Caregiver

    When will you know when your aging parents need help? Family members should look for certain warning signs to determine if their elderly parent needs help.

  • My Dad has Alzheimer's and Yells Profanities. Is this Tourette Syndrome?

    Yelling profanities is a behavior associated with Alzheimer's disease, but it does not mean your elderly father has Tourettes.

  • Mom is showing signs of dementia, but doesn't recognize it. Do I tell her?

    If your elderly mother is showing signs of dementia, getting her doctor involved is the best way to tell an elderly parent they have dementia.

  • How Alzheimer’s Disease Affects the Brain

    Caring for someone throughout the stages of AD can leave caregivers feeling powerless, unprepared and frustrated. Understanding how the disease affects the brain can help caregivers know more about what to expect. Alzheimer's disease is not natural aging. It is a progressive disease that causes the abnormal death of brain cells. The initial symptoms often include memory loss, but as it progresses it kills more of the brain until the person is unable to move, swallow or breathe.