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...]

Coping with the “Transfer Trauma” of Moving a Loved One

Rachel, a caregiver for her mother who is in the early to mid-stages of dementia, is on the emotional roller coaster of moving her mom to an assisted living facility. It’s taking quite a toll on her and her mother, because … [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...]

Are “Tip-of-the-Tongue” Moments Normal or a Cause for Concern?

Q. Not long ago, I used to have a great command of the English language, but now I keep forgetting simple words during a conversation. I’ll be having a conversation, then stop because a word is on the tip of my tongue. Sometimes … [Read more...]

Approaching Dementia with Understanding, Acceptance, and Compassion  

A year ago this week, I wrote about Katya De Luisa, a dementia educator, caregiver coach, and author of “Journey through the Infinite Mind – the Science and Spirituality of Dementia.”   Besides being an art therapist who works … [Read more...]

If You’re Genetically Predisposed to Dementia. . .

Q. I have been watching the documentary Limitless, with Chris Hemsworth, on Disney+. It’s been fascinating to see what he is doing to stay young and stave off disease.I haven’t seen all of the episodes but read somewhere that … [Read more...]

Is Forgetting to Pay Your Bills an Early Sign of Dementia?  

Kathryn, a long-distance caregiver, knew her mother was having memory problems but didn't realize how bad things had gotten. This was until she visited her mother and took a closer look at her finances: unpaid bills, unusual cash … [Read more...]

How Certain Types of Dementia Can Unleash a Person’s Creativity 

Arthur (Art) Lee suffers from Lewy body dementia (LBD). Words often fail him and his arms and hands often experience uncontrollable tremors.  But somehow, he still paints incredible oil paintings. Whether a portrait, a landscape, … [Read more...]

When Cognitive Decline Changes People, Should We Respect Their New Desires? 

Q. I read a fascinating piece in The New York Times Magazine recently about a woman named Diane Norelius, who had dementia. As her cognitive decline began to alter who she was, her adult daughters and her boyfriend wound up in a … [Read more...]

Is It Possible to Be Resistant to Dementia? 

A unique quirk of DNA protected a Colombian man from developing a hereditary form of dementia for two decades. Researchers, who studied his brain after he died, have discovered that this type of dementia may go way back in the … [Read more...]

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