Anti-Psychotics for Dementia, Yes or No?
Antipsychotic medications can be used to treat aggression and agitation in patients with dementia. They can have some unwanted side effects. But when the meds were stopped for a group of patients, symptoms returned.
Memory Loss - Plaques or Genes?
Plaques in the brain and some genes have been linked to risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). A recent study compared the effects of plaques and genes on memory.
Dementia Screening at Home
A new computer tool may allow people to screen for dementia at home and still let a doctor review the results. This new tool may give doctors a hand in diagnosing dementia.
An Apple a Day to Keep Dementia Away?
Tooth loss can get in the way of the ability to eat some foods, especially hard foods. The ability to chew hard foods may be related to cognitive ability in the elderly.
Sleep, Anxiety Meds Linked to Dementia
Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs commonly used to treat sleep problems and anxiety. New research suggests that elderly people taking these drugs may be at higher risk for dementia.
Awareness and Dementia
Dementia is often believed to be an over 65 problem. Some people develop dementia younger, and it may mean they are more aware of their symptoms.
Psychotic Symptoms Linked to Dementia
Psychotic symptoms, like hallucinations or paranoia, can show up in many ways. They can be part of other disorders or not. New research says they may be linked to dementia.
Changes in Sleep May be Dementia
Poor sleep can affect the way the mind works. New research suggests that changes in sleep patterns or quality may be related to dementia.
Dementia - the Caregiver’s Point-of-View
In a survey, caregivers said they often mistook some symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) as normal aging. They thought that the mistake delayed a diagnosis.
Using Computers to Avoid Dementia?
Computers can provide games and social connections for elderly people. But can using a computer help the mind stay strong?