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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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Critter Corner: Why Do Some Individuals Have the Capacity to Maintain Thinking and Cognitive Abilities in the Presence of More Advanced Dementia?

Dear Raider, I recently read about Diane Norelius in The New York Times Magazine. She was a woman with advancing dementia who was able to mask the severity of her condition pretty well by how coherent and well-spoken she was, … [Read more...]

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FDA Commissioner Is “Excited” about New Alzheimer’s Treatment Results 

Q. I remember reading about lecanemab, an Alzheimer’s treatment, in your newsletter earlier in the year. I have heard that there are other new treatments coming out to slow Alzheimer’s progression. Do you know what else is out … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Does Having a Stroke Increase Your Chances of Dementia? 

Dear Hayek, My aunt had a stroke pretty recently, and now she is having trouble remembering things, among other issues. Do strokes increase the chances of someone having dementia? If so, how long does it take to notice … [Read more...]

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New Amazing Alzheimer’s Diagnostic Tools and Treatments 

For decades, researchers and biotech companies have struggled to develop diagnostic tools and treatments for Alzheimer's, a disorder that causes loss of memory and other mental functions and affects nearly 6.5 million … [Read more...]

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