Dementia

A comprehensive overview of dementia and brain health, including cutting-edge research, symptoms and causes, and practical tips for caregivers.

Attention, Caregivers: 10 Things Not to Say to a Person With Dementia

Caregiving for dementia is full of delicate situations. Knowing how to word your responses to hard questions can improve your relationships. Start with this list.

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10 Things to Do as a Caregiver When You Feel Like You're Not Keeping Up

Before you beat yourself up because your mom or dad have shaggy hair or haven't been to the dentist in way too long – take a look in the mirror. You may be overdue on some things for yourself, too, so don't be so hard on yourself about the smaller care items for your loved ones.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Caregiving for Someone Living With Alzheimer's

Mistakes are inevitable when caregiving for someone with Alzheimer's. Some are more avoidable than others. Here are guidelines to avert the most common mistakes.

By The Candid Caregiver

Stroke Doubles Dementia Risk, Large Study Finds

After adjusting for dementia risk factors, people who've had a stroke are twice as likely to develop dementia, according to study involving 3.2 million people.

By Diane Domina

How to Deal With Embarrassment When Your Loved One Has Dementia

You think kids say the darndest things? Consider the loose words of a loved one with dementia. How to cope? Here’s some wise guidance.

By The Candid Caregiver

Ask Better Questions for Better Alzheimer’s Screening

A small study suggests dementia screening test question wording can be confusing and/or trigger emotional responses in many older adults, affecting results.

By Diane Domina

What Are Bedsores and How Can They Be Prevented?

Bedsores can be much more serious than they seem — in fact, complications from bedsores can lead to death. Learn from a board certified nurse on what causes these sores and how to prevent them.

By The Candid Caregiver

Alcohol and Dementia Risk: Moderation Really Is Key

People who abstain from alcohol or have more than 14 alcoholic drinks per week in middle age are both more likely to develop dementia — for different reasons.

By Diane Domina

Mini-Vacations for Caregivers Who Can't Get Away

While summer is the traditional time for vacations, caregivers often can’t really get away for a weekend out of town, much less a two-week trip. However, there are ways to pack in a mini-vacation without traveling. Here are 10 ideas.

By Dorian Martin

Caregiver or Care Partner? How Terminology Evolves With Awareness

Care partner implies that the person who is living with the disease and the person providing care are equal and that is as it should be. But this isn’t always the case, so when are you a caregiver, and when are you a care partner?

By The Candid Caregiver

Older Adults With Gout Have Higher Rates of Dementia

Seniors with gout, a painful condition caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, have a 17 to 20 percent higher-than-normal risk for dementia, according to a recent study.

By Diane Domina

Meet the Experts

Carol Bradley Bursack

Caregiver, patient expert

Carol Bradley Bursack is a veteran family caregiver who writes as the Candid Caregiver as well as focusing on dementia.

Lisa Emrich

Patient Expert

Living with MS and RA, Lisa Emrich is a powerful patient advocate who inspires people to live better and stay active.

Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional

Jennifer is a dietitian with a passion for educating and empowering families on their journey through illness.

Carol Bradley Bursack

Caregiver, patient expert

Carol Bradley Bursack is a veteran family caregiver who writes as the Candid Caregiver as well as focusing on dementia.