Brain & Nerve Health

Dementia

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

Caregiver and ward.
Caregiving

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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Prevention

The Truth About Preventing Memory Loss

Doing puzzles and taking supplements aren’t going to cut it. The good news? Warding off dementia is probably easier than you think.

Young man and old man playing chess in the park
Living With

Your Parent With Dementia Needs Help, but Won't Admit It

Here’s how to maintain their dignity and offer choices.

Senior woman sitting on couch, looking forlorn
Risk Factors

When Dementia Comes on Fast

People with vascular dementia may have sudden confusion, difficulty understanding a conversation, or speaking. Eileen discusses what happened when her father developed the condition.

Elderly man in wheelchair and young woman, from behind
Self Care

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.

Senior man at dentist.
Dental Oral Care

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.

Sisters making dinner for their senior father.
Relationships

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.

Senior man and adult daughter laughing and talking.
Living With

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.

Woman carrying groceries for her senior father.
Living With

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.

Middle age friends having a discussion in a living room.
Caregiving

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.

Woman writing a letter in a journal.
Letters

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.

Meet the Experts

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

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