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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Caregiving Pain: What’s in a Name?

Having a person with dementia forget your name is among the most painful parts of the illness and caregiving. A veteran caregiver shares stories to help you feel less alone and tips for handling the hurt.

By The Candid Caregiver

From Your Mouth to Your Brain: The Gum Disease-Dementia Link

People with chronic periodontitis that can lead to tooth loss have a 6 percent higher risk of dementia than people who don’t have gum disease.

By Diane Domina

How to Deal With Resentment of Family Members Who Don't Pitch In

How to breach the delicate issue of when siblings don't pitch in? Here are some practical pointers that help save your health and relationships.

By The Candid Caregiver

Moments of Clarity: How Loved Ones Living With Dementia Can Surprise Us

It’s not unheard of to enjoy a glimpse of your elder as they were before. Carol Bradley Bursack shares how to cherish these thrilling moments of clarity.

By The Candid Caregiver

Dementia: How to Respond to Impatient People and Maintain Your Loved One's Dignity

Our Caregiving Expert, Carol Bradley Bursack, shares how she responds to insensitive comments toward elders.

By The Candid Caregiver

Why Language Matters With Dementia

Words like "suffering" and "patient" place dementia in a tragedy narrative and make it difficult for the caregiver to stay positive.

By The Candid Caregiver

Letter to Myself: On Becoming a Compassionate Caregiver

Veteran caregiver Carol Bradley Bursack shares her history of caregiving and offers her younger self the compassion and advice she so often tells others.

By The Candid Caregiver

Lower Your Blood Pressure, Keep Your Mind Sharp?

Studies have shown a link between blood pressure) and dementia risk. However, target blood pressure levels are somewhat controversial.

By Diane Domina

10 Things People With Dementia Wish Their Caregivers Knew

Ever wish you could peer inside the brain of your loved one with dementia? Carol Bradley Bursack helps caregivers understand the thoughts of those with dementia.

By The Candid Caregiver

Trouble Sleeping? More Than Your Energy is at Risk

Aside from being rundown and tired, some studies also suggest a link between a lack of sleep and an increased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Follow these three tips to catch more Z's.

By Marie Villeza

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.