Strategies for dealing with dementia require reflection.
Small businesses such as pubs and hairdressers are key to allowing people with dementia to maintain meaningful social ties.
Hearing the same questions over and over again can be frustrating, but it’s important you stay calm – they’re not trying to annoy you.
If you care for or know someone with dementia, they've probably asked you “what are we doing today?” “who are you?” or “when are we going home?”
In addition to bed availability, look for specialist dementia wards, skilled staff and good communication channels.
Admitting a loved one to a nursing home is a difficult decision and is usually only arrived at once the person's care needs cannot be met by the family and community-based services.
A blood test for dementia would be great, but there are limitations as to what blood can tell us about our brains.
Blood has some disadvantages for diagnosis as it is separated from the brain by what is called the "blood brain barrier". This makes it difficult to establish that a signal is actually coming from the brain.
Success in human drug development is painfully low.
News reports this week hailing a breakthrough in Alzheimer's research, saying a vaccine for the disease is a few years away, have raised hopes for many. But let's take a step back from the headlines.
Suffering in silence.
Recognising the symptoms of the dispossessed will prevent crimes against humanity.
Dementia can affect the ability to perform tasks such as dressing, showering and eating.
Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia. As the population ages, the number of people with dementia is expected to rise, as is the number of deaths from dementia.
Does your mum list all your siblings' names before she gets to yours? Don’t worry, she doesn’t love them more.
How often has your own mother forgotten your name? Does she ever cycle through the names of each of your siblings – and perhaps even the family pet – before getting to yours?
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The Alzheimer's Society is concerned that people with dementia aren't getting diagnosed soon enough. But there are pros and cons to an early diagnosis.
Fronto-temporal dementia is a rare form of dementia that typically strikes people in middle-age. Sadly, it is often misdiagnosed.
Part of a sensory textile with embedded electronics for a football fan.
A new project is incorporating technology into textiles to help people with late-stage dementia.
Older drivers aren’t as dangerous on the road as some think.
One of the major dilemmas for families and doctors of people with dementia is whether they should still be licensed to drive.
A new game designed to aid dementia research shows how understanding architecture is vital to gameplay.
People with dementia deserve higher standards of communication.
Dementia headlines are often misleading, but it's not only journalists who are to blame.
Motor symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, stiffness and slowness or loss of spontaneous movement.
Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 living with the disease. But what do we know about the causes and risk factors?
Expanding the definitions of disease can cause a cascade of overtesting and overtreatment.
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The creation of new “pre-conditions” is turning millions of people into patients across the globe.
Psychogenic fugue – when you can’t remember anything from your past.
People lose their memory in many different ways. A neuropsychologist explains the lingo.
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Getting old isn't what it used to be.
Will Smith as Dr Bennet Omalu.
Once the stuff of tweeting birds and rolling cartoon eyes, bumps on the head are now linked to dementia. Will Smith's latest movie tells how sports authorities tried to cover it up.
Blue-green algae blooms are increasing in size and frequency as global temperatures rise.
For the first time, researchers have shown that feeding vervet monkeys a toxin produced by blue-green algae resulted in protein deposits in the brain, consistent with those seen in human Alzheimer's.