Understanding Dementia

Parkinson's Disease and Dementia

September 1, 2020 | Understanding Dementia

Parkinson's Disease starts out as a movement disorder which can cause tremors, difficulty walking and other symptoms. As the disease progresses, it is common to develop memory loss and dementia.

Medications Used for Alzheimer's Disease

August 10, 2020 | Understanding Dementia

Even though there is not a cure for Alzheimer's Disease, there are medications that are used to treat symptoms and delay and stabilize memory loss for a period of time. ​

Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease

August 6, 2020 | Understanding Dementia

​Down Syndrome is a genetic condition in which an individual is born with an extra chromosome. This genetic change causes impairment in a variety of ways, both physically and mentally. An individual who has Down Syndrome is much more likely to develop dementia than an individual without Down Syndrome.

Preventing Cognitive Decline

July 6, 2020 | Understanding Dementia

Many people wonder what can be done to prevent memory loss. Researchers and scientists continue to study potential ways to prevent cognitive decline. Following a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent many other chronic conditions in addition to promoting good brain health.

Dementia and Isolation

People with dementia are facing multiple risks right now when it comes to COVID-19 and the physical isolation that everyone is experiencing. Not only are they in the high-risk group when it comes to suffering caused by the virus, they are also more likely to experience worsening physical and emotional health as a result of being isolated. Self-isolation and social distancing has changed the lives of many people with dementia.

The Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

June 4, 2020 | Understanding Dementia

Alzheimer's Disease is characterized by three main stages. These include early stage (mild), middle-stage (moderate), and late-stage (severe). Before signs of Alzheimer's Disease start, changes in the brain are already occurring.

Possible Connections Between Dementia and Diabetes

May 7, 2020 | Understanding Dementia

Although there is no cure for dementia, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk for developing dementia. Research suggests that some chronic conditions can cause the risk of developing dementia to increase. One condition that has been studied in relation to dementia is diabetes.

Brain Donation and Dementia

What is brain donation, why does it matter for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and how can someone get involved? 

Types of Dementia: Lewy Body Dementia

April 7, 2020 | Understanding Dementia

Lewy body dementia is a type of dementia in which abnormal proteins, called Lewy bodies deposit in the brain. The protein deposits cause areas of the brain to stop working correctly.

Types of Dementia: Frontotemporal Dementia

March 5, 2020 | Understanding Dementia

In this series, we are exploring the most common types or causes of memory loss and dementia. Frontotemporal dementia is one of those causes of dementia that is seen quite frequently, and is the most common type of dementia for individuals under age 60.