With an ageing population, dementia is becoming more and more prevalent. But what does dementia actually do to the brain to cause changes in behaviour?
Media pioneer Ted Turner's announcement that he has Lewy body dementia brings the illness into the spotlight, which is rare. A neurologist explains why it's hard to even get a correct diagnosis.
Trials for new Alzheimer's drugs have been failing a lot, lately. But it may be premature to abandon these drugs altogether.
In England, each home is given a rating against five questions: is it safe, is it effective, is it responsive, it is caring and is it well led?
Large institutions for people with disability and mental illness were once commonplace. These have now been replaced with smaller community-based services. With aged care, we're doing the opposite.
Older people living in residential aged care often have few friends, no meaningful interactions and feel socially isolated. Most people are depressed and some may no longer wish to live.
Because of their sedative effect, antipsychotic medications are often used – in fact they are over-used – to "manage" people with dementia. This is against clinical guidelines.
Australia's aged care sector is in trouble. Our experts have previously explored the complex aspects of the system, exposing where the problems are, and have been for some time.
Taking low-dose aspirin daily doesn't delay the onset of disability in healthy older people. Nor does it prevent heart attack or stroke in those who hadn't experienced either condition before.
Alzheimer's disease affects many people under the age of 65. The 'young-onset' version of the disease is often misdiagnosed as depression or dismissed as a midlife crisis.
Have you noticed your thinking ability drops during winter and spring? A new study of healthy adults and dementia patients found cognitive function declines in the colder months.
More than 16 million people in the U.S. take care of people with dementia. Could we learn something from how other cultures view dementia as more of a social disease rather than a lonely one?
For people with dementia, problems performing certain tasks can be a warning sign of difficulty managing financial tasks, according to new research.
It's the subject no one wants to discuss. How prepared are you?
More work needs to be done to prove a link between not drinking and developing dementia.
Alzheimer's is not only the third leading cause of death in the U.S. but also the most dreaded diagnosis. Genetic testing can help determine susceptibility, but knowing whether to test isn't easy.
People with dementia can become agitated or distressed when the temperature isn't right, but some aged-care facilities aren't designed or operated to keep them comfortable.
The number of old and incapacitated adults who live without the support of a family caregiver is growing.
Reporting of recent studies may have caused alarm that brain injuries cause dementia. It just increases your risk.
Outcomes are better when people with dementia are in home-like care rather than standard nursing homes.