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Words like "suffering" and "patient" place dementia in a tragedy narrative and make it difficult for the caregiver to stay positive.
Older adults diagnosed with probable dementia are more likely to pursue unsafe activities than those with possible or no 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.
When symptoms of depression escalate during later life, the risk of developing dementia increases.
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.
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.
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.