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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.

'Probable' Dementia Linked to Unsafe Behavior

'Probable' Dementia Linked to Unsafe Behavior

Older adults diagnosed with probable dementia are more likely to pursue unsafe activities than those with possible or no dementia.

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.

Ongoing Depression May Raise Risk of Dementia

Ongoing Depression May Raise Risk of Dementia

When symptoms of depression escalate during later life, the risk of developing dementia increases.

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.

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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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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.