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Could MRI Scans Predict Dementia?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans could one day be used to predict whether older adults will develop dementia, suggests a small study.

Verbal Skills of Women With Dementia

Verbal Skills of Women With Dementia

In the early stages of dementia women’s verbal memory skills are better than men’s, even when they have similar brain shrinkage. But this may mask a problem.

Doctors Sometimes Miss Mild Cognitive Impairment

Doctors Sometimes Miss Mild Cognitive Impairment

Standard techniques for detecting mild cognitive impairment sometimes falsely classify people with the condition as cognitively normal.

When Is It Time for a Dementia Evaluation?

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?

Is It Dementia or Delirium?

Is It Dementia or Delirium?

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

Why Does Traumatic Brain Injury Increase Dementia Risk?

Why Does Traumatic Brain Injury Increase Dementia Risk?

Traumatic brain injury greatly increases the risk of developing dementia, but the link between these two conditions is unclear.

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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.

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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.

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When Tests for Mild Cognitive Impairment Get It Wrong

If you think you may have mild cognitive impairment, but tests show otherwise, you may want to ask for further screening.

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What Is Dementia? What Doctors Check For

The first step in diagnosis is a thorough medical history and physical exam. That might seem unnecessary, but other conditions can have a an effect on memory.