Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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All about memory disorders.
Andrew E. Budson M.D.
Disrupted sleep cycle and poor sleep hygiene are common reasons why individuals with dementia are up in the middle of the night.
Jealousy, binge eating, and abnormal crying and laughing are just a few behaviors that occur in dementia. Here's why.
When the part of the brain that allows for a thoughtful pause between stimulus and response deteriorates, anything can happen.
The new parts of the brain that evolved for social cooperation can break down, leading to problems including depression, anxiety, irritability, and agitation.
In dementia, your loved one may not recognize you, may think you are someone else, or may even think you have been replaced by an imposter.
Hallucinations, illusions, and false memories can all occur in dementia. Here’s how to tell them apart.
If seeing is believing, what happens when vision deteriorates due to dementia?
The right temporal lobe interprets emotional and other non-linguistic parts of communication—and this non-verbal communication may be preserved in dementia.
The frontal and temporal lobes need to work together for language to function—and both are often impacted by dementia.
Sundowning, wandering, shadowing, false memories, and even forgetting that one has memory impairment may all occur as dementia progresses.
Learn why riding a bicycle and other habits and procedures are generally preserved in dementia.
The outer layer of the brain helps your grandmother recall events from 50 years ago—even though she cannot remember yesterday.
This small brain structure enables virtually all of our memories—and it is easily damaged by a variety of brain disorders.
Dysfunction of the frontal lobes leads to difficulty creating and retrieving memories—and to false memories.
Trouble talking or understanding speech? It could be Primary Progressive Aphasia.
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus can cause dementia—and it is one of the most treatable memory disorders.
Eating too many sweets, being inconsiderate, and acting inappropriately can all be signs of frontotemporal dementia.
Is your loved one seeing things that aren’t there? He or she may have dementia with Lewy bodies. There are treatments that can help.
Strokes can cause dementia. You say your loved one never had a stroke? Some strokes are silent and can only be detected by a brain scan.
Everyone is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease—particularly if you are a woman or have a family history.
Previously we had to wait until autopsy to diagnose Alzheimer’s. Now it can be made with 85-95% certainty by a lumbar puncture or amyloid PET scan.
Ever wondered what Alzheimer’s disease looks like in the brain and how it advances from mild forgetfulness to dementia? Here we discuss the plaques, tangles, and how they progress.
Does your loved one have depression, anxiety, irritability, or agitation from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Here are medications and other treatment options that may help.
Is your loved one not participating or paying attention? Medications and meditation may help!
Are there actually medications that can boost memory? The answer is yes for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.
Performance on a test at the end of a course does not always correlate with long-term learning. But we found a brain marker that does.
Your primary care provider may not have all the answers. Seek out a specialist if, after seeing your doctor, you are still concerned about your memory.
Be armed with the knowledge of what these terms used in memory disorders mean.
Too often when caring for someone with dementia we focus on the problems. Don’t forget to have fun.
Learning how to best communicate with those who have cognitive impairment can help prevent irritability, agitation, and aggression.
Andrew Budson, M.D., is a professor of neurology at Boston University, as well as a lecturer in neurology at Harvard Medical School.