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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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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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Perpetrators of Elder Abuse Are Usually Family Members

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Perpetrators of Elder Abuse Are Usually Family Members Many elderly rely entirely on family or other trusted individuals to help them. Whether it is physiological or psychological, as people grow older they tend to need guidance and support. Unfortunately, the dependence upon caregivers or family members makes an older person more vulnerable to abuse. One […]

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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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How To Make Feeding Those with Dementia Easier

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How To Make Feeding Those with Dementia Easier Many people with dementia lose some ability to feed themselves, creating a significant challenge for family caregivers, as well as feelings of anxiety. People with dementia often experience unintentional weight loss and therefore can be at risk of malnutrition. This may be due to reduced appetite, difficulty swallowing, forgetting and/or […]

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Best Foods for Dementia

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Hippocrates once said “Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food.” In the case of dementia, a diet of nutrient-rich foods can improve patient outcomes and quality of life. Advanced dementia patients may forget to eat, and eventually don’t feel hunger as a result of depression, medication side effects and cognitive […]

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Dementia: One Name but Many Different Illnesses

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Dementia:  One Name but Many Different Illnesses One of the most common things Primary Care Physicians (PCP) see seniors for is evaluation of cognitive decline.  Often PCPs do not refer the patient out, but instead enter a diagnosis of dementia in the patient record based on the family report and then give a prescription for […]

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How to Communicate with someone who has Dementia

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How to Communicate with someone who has Dementia The Alzheimer’s Association offers suggestions for ways to approach and help someone with dementia that make it easier for both parties. Experts say that it’s important to remember to respect people with dementia and avoid talking down to them or around them, instead of to them. You […]

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Reaching Out to People with Dementia

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Reaching Out to People with Dementia As we get older, many of us have someone in our lives who has dementia. Maybe it’s your aging father in the nursing home, or your spouse who is showing early signs of Alzheimer’s, or even a neighbor. Maybe they’re not making sense or don’t respond when we say […]

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