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...]

What It’s Really Like to Have Dementia: Fully Experiencing the Symptoms for Five Minutes of Your Life

Anyone who cares for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia knows that it can be a challenging experience. As the disease progresses, the symptoms can include aggression, wandering, and agitation. Changes in the … [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...]

Critter Corner: Overlooked Risk Factors of Dementia

Dear Angel, I often read about new risk factors for dementia. One of them I recently read about was lack of motivation. What are some of the other overlooked risk factors for dementia? Is there any new research on mitigating … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can Digital Voice Assistants Help Detect Dementia?

Dear Hayek, Most people I know have some sort of digital voice assistant in their home, such as Amazon’s Alexa. I read somewhere that these speakers are helping to detect dementia. How does that work, and aren’t there privacy … [Read more...]

Cupcakes and Caregiving: A Successful Shark Tank Business Owner Balances Work Life with Caregiving

Tracey Noonan, CEO and co-founder of Wicked Good Cupcakes, started her business along with her daughter, Dani, in their Boston home kitchen. The company, which appeared on the TV show "Shark Tank" nine years ago, grew tremendously … [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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