Can a Mortality Prediction Model Lead to Fewer Unnecessary Medical Interventions?

Imagine knowing how long a loved one with dementia is going to live. Would you want to know? What would you do with that information, and how can it be helpful? Predictions from a prognosis prediction model were followed by the … [Read more...]

The Importance of Managing Chronic Diseases

Q. I am middle aged and overweight with diabetes and high blood pressure. My friend told me that he read somewhere that having two or more chronic health conditions in middle life puts people at a higher risk of developing … [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Loved One Becomes Violent Due to Dementia

When some think of dementia, they may think of it as a mental illness. Confusing the two occurs frequently as certain mental illnesses and dementia share many of the same symptoms, including difficulty concentrating, confusion, … [Read more...]

Introducing the Dementia Doula

If you’re familiar with the word “doula,” you probably think of it as referring to a person who provides guidance and support to a pregnant woman. From admission through delivery, a doula stays at her patient's side providing … [Read more...]

Can Equine Therapy Improve Quality of Life in Individuals with Dementia?

At several therapeutic riding centers across the country, horses have been interacting with an unlikely group of visitors  ̶  people with early stage dementia or mild cognitive impairment and their caregivers. Interacting with … [Read more...]

Sensory Overload — How People with Dementia Are Impacted by Noise

At the age of 46, Kris Bakowski was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Kris has been blogging about her diagnosis since 2003 to advocate for awareness and help educate others living with the disease and their … [Read more...]

Part 2: How to Respond When a Person with Dementia Asks if Someone Has Died

What should you do when your loved one with dementia believes someone who has been dead for years is still alive? When they ask about them, what do you say? When they think they see them, should you tell them the person isn't … [Read more...]

Part 1: The Infinite Mind — Communicating Creatively with Dementia Patients with Katya De Luisa

“We never lose those we love, whether through dementia or death. They are a part of us.” – Katya De Luisa Katya De Luisa is a dementia educator, caregiver coach, and author of "Journey through the Infinite Mind--the Science and … [Read more...]

Nearly 100,000 Dementia Cases Potentially Could Have Been Prevented with Better Eye Care

Q. A friend told me that vision loss is a risk factor for dementia, but that treating it can help lessen the risk. My mom never wears her glasses and may need cataract surgery but refuses to get her eyes checked. Her family has a … [Read more...]

How Do I to Handle Aggression and Agitation in Dementia without Medication?

Q. My husband, Billy, 72, was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago. He has become combative recently and has become verbally and physically abusive, which is so unlike him. I’m not accustomed to this behavior from my typically … [Read more...]

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