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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. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Answering the same questions over and over: how to talk to people with dementia

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. hxdbzxy/Shutterstock

Looking for a nursing home place for your parent with dementia? Here’s what to consider

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. from www.shutterstock.com.au

How far off is a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease?

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.
Dementia can affect the ability to perform tasks such as dressing, showering and eating. from shutterstock.com

How Australians Die: cause #3 – dementia (Alzheimer’s)

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. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Peter, Paul, Kylie … David! Why we forget family members' names

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?
Motor symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, stiffness and slowness or loss of spontaneous movement. Lisa/Flickr

What we know and suspect about the causes of Parkinson’s disease

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?
Psychogenic fugue – when you can’t remember anything from your past. www.shutterstock.com

Memory loss: it’s not all amnesia

People lose their memory in many different ways. A neuropsychologist explains the lingo.

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