Cognitive Decline 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.

  • 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). Here's what you need to know about MCI.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

    This staging system can help dementia caregivers understand the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects cognition, mood, behavior, activities of daily living and bodily functions.

  • 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.

  • A Longer Life

    While Alzheimer's disease and dementia progress differently in each and every person, it is important for both the patient and their caregiver to remember that a diagnosis isn't an immediate death sentence.

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  • Diagnosed with Dementia: Coming to Terms with Helplessness

    The way we deal with difficulties and failures says a lot about how we live our lives. But when these things are caused by something out of our control, like dementia, should we just accept our limitations or fight them tooth and nail?

  • Is Making Your Diagnosis Public an Act of Courage?

    Many people consider sharing a diagnosis publicly to be an act of courage. Yes, this does help to lessen the stigma against Alzheimer's and dementia. But are we making too much of this simple deed?

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  • All Better Now? Not Quite...

    Cognitive decline is difficult to definitively diagnose, but like other diseases, it can be awkward to talk about this elusive prognosis. Most people don't wish to get detailed updates on others' health, but assumptions can be especially frustrating.

  • 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.

  • Lessons Learned from "Flowers for Algernon"

    A recent reading of "Flowers for Algernon" has helped me realize that my journey through cognitive impairment does not have to include the culturally-expected suffering.

  • What Happened to the Laundry?

    My cognitive impairment can make even the simplest tasks confusing and frustrating. For instance, here's what happened during a recent trip to the laundry room.

  • What Happens to My Mind When I Don't Sleep Enough

    I recently learned just how bad my cognitive impairment can become when I don't sleep enough. I couldn't read, write or even play a simple children's game.

  • Why I Was Disappointed to Find Out I Didn’t Have Alzheimer’s

    When I found out I didn't have Alzheimer's, I was grateful, yet disappointed at the same time. Here's why.

  • Treating Cataracts May Slow Cognitive Decline

    Cataract surgery can provide patients diagnosed with dementia and vision loss even greater benefits than restored eyesight alone.

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