Cognitive Decline

  • 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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  • 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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  • Dementia: Witnessing Cognitive Decline

    What a terrible condition dementia is. It takes the brain of a bright, loving, proud, communicative individual and turns it into a fog of progressive cognitive decline.

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  • Legal Competency: When Is It Too Late to Create a Will, Trust or POA?

    It is crucial to engage in proper legal planning with family members while they are still of sound mind. An elder law attorney outlines competency criteria that must be met in order to obtain valid legal documents before a crisis strikes.

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  • Hospital Delirium: Cognitive Decline After Hospitalization

    Hospitalization of a senior sometimes causes a rapid cognitive decline known as hospital delirium. Although people with dementia are more prone, it can affect seniors who don't have a prior dementia diagnosis and has potentially serious consequences.

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  • Why a Letter of Competency Should Be Part of Every Senior’s Legal File

    Adding this one simple step when a loved one creates or changes their will, powers of attorney and other crucial legal documents can minimize unnecessary stress and familial discord down the road.

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  • Anosognosia Top Tips: Learning to Deal with the Confusion

    Coping with a senior who doesn't understand their dementia diagnosis is challenging. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best advice for dealing with confusion and frustration when providing care for a loved one with dementia.

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  • Anosognosia Tips: How to Handle Varying Levels of Awareness

    Self-awareness can fluctuate with a dementia diagnosis. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for handling anosognosia- a dementia patient’s fluctuating levels of awareness of their condition.

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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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  • How General Anesthesia Can Affect a Senior’s Cognitive Function

    When deciding whether to have a major surgery, such as a joint replacement or cardiac procedure, it's important to consider how “going under” can affect a senior's cognitive abilities over both the short and long term.

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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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  • How to Make a Hospital Stay Easier for a Senior with Dementia

    Evidence has shown that dementia patients are at greater risk for adverse outcomes following hospitalization. These simple steps can help family caregivers make a hospital stay easier on loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

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  • Getting Your Affairs in Order: Preparing for the Possibility of Dementia

    Encouraging aging loved ones to plan ahead legally and financially can make it easier for a trusted individual to step in and help them should they lose the ability to make decisions due to an unexpected diagnosis like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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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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  • 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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  • Father’s Day As a Caregiver: Remembering Dad Before Dementia

    Father's Day is a great time to remember who your Dad used to be before age-related changes set in. Sometimes you forget how vibrant and caring he was, but the truth is he’s still that person on the inside and he always will be.

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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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  • 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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  • A Caregiver’s Struggle: Balancing an Elder's Sense of Purpose with Their Safety

    Seniors need to feel useful to enjoy a high quality of life. Sticking to everyday routines and engaging in enjoyable activities helps them maintain a sense of purpose. But if you believe an elder’s actions are risky or dangerous, when should you step in?

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