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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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

What's the Link Between Daytime Sleepiness and Risk of Dementia?

As a sleep medicine expert, Dr. Hendel thinks it’s worth asking if there’s an association between dementia and the consequences of sleep instability.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

MRI Finds Dementia Before Symptoms Develop in Those With Hypertension

New research suggests that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans may be able to detect early signs of neurological damage in people with high blood pressure before dementia symptoms develop.

By Diane Domina

New Findings on Exercise and Dementia

Results of the Dementia and Physical Activity (DAPA) trial, a randomized, controlled study conducted in the United Kingdom, suggest that moderate- to high-intensity aerobic and strength training doesn’t slow cognitive decline and may worsen symptoms ...

By Diane Domina

When the Caregiver Has a Chronic Condition, Too

While you’re caring for others with chronic conditions, you’re not immune to one yourself. Some days you are forced to push through caring for others, while you yourself are suffering.

By Carol Bradley Bursack

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.