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Speed of Speech, Rather Than Loss of Words, May Be an Early Indicator of Dementia

Years before they were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, subtle changes became apparent in the spoken and written words of public figures Ronald Reagan and Iris Murdoch. During non-scripted public speaking, the late President Reagan … [Read more...]

Liability of Drivers (and Their Family Members) Who Drive with Dementia. New Digital Tool Helps Determine When It’s Time to Stop Driving!

Approximately one in nine Americans ages 65 and older, or 6.7 million people, are estimated to live with Alzheimer’s disease, and millions more have other types of dementia. What’s alarming is that the majority of older adults … [Read more...]

What Are the 15 Factors Linked to a Higher Risk of Young-Onset Dementia?

If you're in your 70s or 80s, and you've noticed that you're experiencing some forgetfulness, it may be reasonable to be concerned about memory loss that may or may not be dementia. But what if you're in your 60s, 50s, 40s, or 30s … [Read more...]

What Are the “Big Five” Personality Traits that Can Contribute to Dementia Risk?

Roxanne is 76 and recently started hiking and swimming with fellow enthusiasts from different generations. David, a retired attorney in his 80s, got bored and went back to school and studied for his CPA. He works for a few months … [Read more...]

Can Dementia Patients Relearn Day-to-Day Tasks? 

Those with dementia still have the ability to learn new things and relearn tasks they once knew how to perform. This is the conclusion of a doctoral thesis by Swedish scientist Elias Ingebrand, who hopes to debunk the general … [Read more...]

How to Talk to a Child or Grandchild about a Loved One’s Dementia

Q. My father, who has Alzheimer’s, is coming to stay with us for the holidays this year. My children, who are 7, 10, and 13, saw him last year, but his symptoms have gotten a lot more severe since then. We didn’t say anything then … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Does Caring for a Pet Lower Your Dementia Risk?

Dear Angel,   Happy National Cat Month! I am forever thankful for my cats and feel like every month should celebrate our feline friends. I read an article that  said that adults who care for dogs are significantly less likely to … [Read more...]

What Behavioral Challenges Can You Expect from a Loved One with Dementia?

Dementia poses many challenges for people struggling with it, for caregivers, and for others who are close to them. It can be especially hard to witness and cope with common behaviors that often arise from certain forms of … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Could a Dog Dementia Cure Work in Humans?

Dear Hayek, I read that dogs can get dementia and that there are some successful treatments available. I find this to be fascinating. Could these same treatments that work in dogs possibly work in humans? Thanks for your … [Read more...]

Red Flags When Walking and Driving May Be Indicative of Dementia 

Some people take wide turns when they are walking or driving and get disoriented easily. Some drive slowly, while others are fast and erratic. Some get lost in their own neighborhood or have momentary lapses where they forget … [Read more...]

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