Critter Corner: Does Tai Chi Boost Your Memory? 

Dear Hayek,  A friend of mine does tai chi once a week because she says that it is good for boosting memory. If this is the case, I will sign up myself! Do you know of any research to corroborate her claim?   Thanks for your … [Read more...]

Could Forgetfulness and Disorganization in Seniors Be ADHD, and Not Mild Cognitive Impairment?

Q. Lately, I’ve become quite forgetful and have been struggling with paying attention to things, impulsivity, and an inability to plan as well as I used to. When I think of cognitive impairment, I think of short-term memory loss, … [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...]

Seven Million Americans Have Mild Cognitive Impairment and May Not Know It

Q. Last week, I read your article about “Tip-of-the Tongue” moments, where someone can forget a word occasionally. I was relieved when you said, for the most part, this is not a sign of dementia and can be associated with normal … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Fast Does Alzheimer’s Typically Progress?  

Dear Kiwi and Mango,   My friend’s husband was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. They want to go do all of the items on his bucket list while he still has his wits about him. I’m wondering if you know how fast Alzheimer’s … [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...]

Can Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Be Detected while You’re Asleep?

Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are both neurodegenerative diseases that currently don’t have a cure. For both diseases, great strides have been made in research, including recent findings using sleep patterns. … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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