Can Pets Get Dementia?

Earl and Linda's silver poodle, Sophia, is fifteen years old. Recently, they have come home from work to find Sophia wandering aimlessly through the house and have noticed the trouble she is having finding the doggie door. Sophia … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert: Forgetfulness: When to Call a Doctor

Q. My mother, Meg, has not been herself lately. Last week, when going to the neighborhood post office, she got completely disoriented and lost. She asks the same questions over and over again and often repeats stories. She even … [Read more...]

Finding the Right Nursing Home

Carol and Bob invited his mother, Ginny, to spend the holidays with them, as she does every year. This year, her live-in caregiver expressed concern that it was not a good idea because Ginny’s dementia has gotten worse and she may … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert: Singing Awakens Memories – A Local Study

Q. I read your recent newsletter that described presentations at the Dementia Consortium and the one about music and dementia really piqued my interest. My father has moderate dementia, and we are looking for ways to get through … [Read more...]

News from the Dementia Consortium

Yesterday, one of our staff members attended the Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium in Alexandria, VA. At the conference, leading experts on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias offered insights and shared best … [Read more...]

Halloween Can Be Scary for those with Dementia

Q. My mother-in-law has dementia and lives at home with a caregiver to assist her with activities of daily living. Before she was diagnosed, she loved Halloween, especially all the decorations, seeing the grandchildren dressed up … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s: Preserving Family Memories

Every year, Carol Magro would prepare a delicious Italian feast for the holidays. Five years ago, her daughter Barbara noticed that her mother was getting tired, confused, and didn't remember the ingredients for some of the dishes … [Read more...]

Caring for a Difficult Parent

Q. Throughout my life, my mother has always been a difficult person. She complains about everything and is hyper-critical, overbearing and, as you can imagine, hard to get along with. She always compares me to my older sister, who … [Read more...]

New PBS Documentary — “The Genius of Marian” — Explores How Alzheimer’s Runs in Families

Pam White and her son, Banker, by Marian Williams Steele. Many people fear that Alzheimer's disease in the family may be passed on to children and grandchildren. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, research has shown that … [Read more...]

Is Alzheimer’s in Your Future?

An estimated 44 million people live with Alzheimer's disease worldwide, and the global economic costs total $604 billion, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. It is estimated that by 2050, the number of people living … [Read more...]

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