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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans could one day be used to predict whether older adults will develop dementia, suggests a small study.
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.
Standard techniques for detecting mild cognitive impairment sometimes falsely classify people with the condition as cognitively normal.
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?
For older adults, the stress of being hospitalized can lead to bouts of delirium, or a confused mental state.
Traumatic brain injury greatly increases the risk of developing dementia, but the link between these two conditions is unclear.
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.
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.
If you think you may have mild cognitive impairment, but tests show otherwise, you may want to ask for further screening.
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.