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Dementia is not a single disease. It’s a non-specific syndrome that affects cognitive areas of the brain that control memory, language, attention and problem solving. To be considered dementia, the problems must be severe enough to affect daily living. Because Alzheimer’s is responsible for 50 to 60 percent of dementia cases, it’s the most broadly recognized form. However, there are up to 50 different known versions of dementia. Read more →

Driving and Dementia: When to Have the Talk

There was no use in my pointing out that at this time he had trouble even using a walker and he couldn’t see well enough to dial a telephone. He was sure he could drive and that was that. Those were heartbreaking times which we just had to weather until we could get him re-focused on some other issue. Read more →

Administration on Aging Provides Assistance for Caregivers

Nearly any family caregiver has felt isolated and alone at one time or another. For many, that feeling is chronic. Friends don’t understand the strain we are under. Some people get no support from their extended family or friends. Where can we turn when there seems to be nowhere to turn? Read more →

Spousal Caregiving Can be Isolating

Dear Carol: My wife has advanced Parkinson’s complicated by dementia and needs constant care. She’s mostly bedridden. I love her dearly, and we’ve spent considerable time talking about our past vacations and other enjoyable things we’ve shared. We have no children. As much as I love her, I’m finding myself becoming extremely lonely and isolated as she becomes less and less able to communicate. While we don’t have a lot of money, we are comfortable. Read more →

Music Soothes Alzheimer's Agitation and Stimulates Memory

The article states that, “…after listening to music some [people with dementia] are clearly more calm, in a better mood and more outgoing than before, which improves the quality of life for both the patient and the caregiver…music has been found to help those with dementia retrieve some memories their caregivers had assumed were lost forever.” Read more →