Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The Dilemma of Delirium in Older Patients

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Ill and hospitalized older people sometimes experience episodes of delirium, a state of confusion and disorientation. For centuries considered a transient and reversible condition, delirium in older people is still viewed by many to be a normal consequence of surgery, chronic disease, or infections.

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Blood Test for Alzheimer’s up to 94% Accurate

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Early brain changes due to Alzheimer’s disease may soon be detected with a simple blood draw in your doctor’s office, according to researchers. Doctors have been hoping for such a test for years — one that providers can administer in the office at a reasonable cost.

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Falls an Early Clue to Alzheimer’s

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Falls More Common in Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds By Charlene Laino July 18, 2011 (Paris) — Falls may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers report. In a study of 125 older adults who appeared physically and cognitively healthy, two-thirds of those with large deposits of Alzheimer’s-associated plaque in their brains suffered falls. In contrast, only […]

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The Link Between Alcoholism and Dementia

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Many people equate long-term damage caused by alcoholism with liver failure and pancreatitis. Many are thus surprised to learn that alcoholism also causes a form of dementia known as Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome. Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS) is a type of brain disorder caused by a lack of vitamin B-1, or thiamine. The syndrome is actually two separate […]

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Fight Dementia With Your Fork

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The MIND diet can drastically lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, among other conditions. Here’s what the lead researcher suggests regarding MIND and foods thought to be “good for you.” A Mediterranean-inspired diet was recently proven to dramatically lower the risk of dementia in older adults. But just because it originated in Italy doesn’t mean […]

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Anticipatory Grief: Alzheimer’s

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Anticipatory Grief: How to Cope With the “Living Death” of Alzheimer’s Anticipatory grief is the emotional pain of losing a loved one, felt in advance of the person’s death. It’s a common phenomenon among those who care for the terminally ill. It may be experienced at any time by anyone connected to someone with Alzheimer’s, […]

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Proven Best Ways to Decrease Your Risk for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Strong evidence that anything prevents Alzheimer’s disease is lacking, but a few changes can likely delay memory loss, according to a 2017 review by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Specific memory training, consistent exercise and controlling high blood pressure offer the best hope, the committee concluded. Members examined the best research on ways to […]

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The First Signs of Alzheimer’s: Difficulty Navigating

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A study was done at Washington University in St. Louis which indicates that, of all the warning signs that suggest Alzheimer’s may be developing, the earliest one is probably a difficulty in navigation. This is because the area of the brain that is used to help you move from one place to the next seems to be […]

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Early Diagnosis for Dementia Can Be Helpful

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Early Diagnosis for Dementia Can Be Helpful  Watch for signs of dementia in your loved one, so together you can plan for the future before the condition worsens. Someone you love—your parent, your spouse, a good friend—is showing signs of dementia: forgetting more often, being confused or perhaps exhibiting uncharacteristic behavior. You’re worried it could […]

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16 Things I Would Want If I Were to Get Dementia

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16 Things I Would Want If I Were to Get Dementia On behalf of those who have dementia, a caregiver offers suggestions for how to treat people with dementia. When you work in dementia care, people tend to ask you a lot of questions. Probably one of the most common questions that I hear is, […]

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