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When Is It Time for a Dementia Evaluation?

How do you know if changes in your loved one’s memory are serious and warrant an evaluation by a health professional—and how do you get him or her to go?

By Tim Gower

Is It Dementia or Delirium?

For older adults, the stress of being hospitalized can lead to bouts of delirium, or a confused mental state.

By Tim Gower

What's Causing Your Gait Change?

Gait changes often develop gradually as a result of a chronic medical condition. Here are several possible causes to consider.

By HealthAfter50

The Way You Walk: Why Gait Matters

Like most everything else, the way we walk changes as we age. But how do you know what’s normal and what’s not?

By Laird Harrison

The Dangers of a Bump on the Head

A bump, blow or jolt to the head can result in a traumatic brain injury. Though usually mild, those injuries can be a cause of disability or even death.

By HealthAfter50

Clues to How Alzheimer’s Damages the Brain

Evolving theories about how Alzheimer’s may spread in the brain could conceivably help drug developers find ways to defeat the disease.

By Tim Gower

Early-Onset Alzheimer's: My Story

Not a day goes by in my battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s that I don’t feel another sliver of my brain is being shaved off.

By Greg O'Brien

What Is Sundowning?

People with Alzheimer’s disease are prone to becoming agitated in the late afternoon or early evening. These strategies can minimize common triggers of this behavior.

By HealthAfter50

What Is Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease?

About 5 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease are diagnosed at age 65 or younger. Here’s what to know about the early-onset form of the illness.

By HealthAfter50

Warning Signs of Mild Cognitive Impairment

People with mild cognitive impairment are more forgetful than normal for their age, but they don’t experience other cognitive problems associated with dementia, such as disorientation or confusion about routine activities.

By HealthAfter50