Signs of Dementia

  • 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.

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  • 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

    How do you know if an aging loved one is showing typical age-related changes vs. showing early signs and symptoms of dementia? Dementia warning signs vary, but memory loss, behavior changes, and increased confusion are common indicators.

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  • How to Know if Your Parent Has Dementia

    A little forgetfulness can be brushed off as aging, but a repetitive pattern of memory loss or recurring signs of behavior change may lead to larger concerns about an elderly parent.

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  • Caregiver Concern: I'm Forgetting and Misplacing Things

    We all lose our keys or glasses sometimes, but what if they start turning up in unusual places? For caregivers who are familiar with dementia, blips like this are troubling. Is misplacing things a sign of cognitive decline, or is it chronic stress?

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hallucinations, Delusions and Paranoia Related to Dementia

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

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  • How to Determine an Aging Parent Needs Help at Home

    Look for these common warning signs to determine if your elderly parent needs help at home.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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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  • Alzheimer's Disease Signs, Symptoms & Treatments

    Does my mom have dementia? Alzheimer's is a form of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Learn the most common symptoms of Alzheimer's, an overview of stages, and the impact of dementia on the ability to function.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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