The impact of a dementia treatment

By Bruce Miller

     Dementia is a collection of symptoms caused by a number of different disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. The term dementia describes a progressive decline in memory or other cognitive functions that interferes with the ability to perform your usual daily activities (driving, shopping, balancing a checkbook, working, communicating, etc.). One of the major risk factors for developing dementia is age, meaning the older you are, the more likely you are to develop it. Age-related risk applies to many other conditions like heart disease and vascular problems, which means a single person may have two or more concurrent health problems leading to cognitive, behavioral, or motor symptoms. This co-morbidity can make both diagnosis and treatment more complicated.

The Banana Lady and Other Stories of Curious Behavior and Speech

Book Description
Publication Date: August 24, 2006

Andrew Kertesz (Author)

The subject of this book is a stranger than fiction change in personality, behaviors and relationships including the gradual loss of language and the meaning of words occurring in middle age.

These are stories about a relatively little known illness in middle age, that happens to be much more common than it is generally recognized. The exact cause remains a puzzle as with many other afflictions of the nervous system. but we are beginning to understand its anatomy, genetics, and biology. It is presently classified as one of the so-called “degenerative diseases” of the brain, progressively eroding either behaviors, professionals who diagnose and treat mental or neurological disease, and the caregivers who sometimes suffer as much as the patients if not more.

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life (3rd Edition)

Book Description

by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins (Nov 1, 2006)
Publication Date: November 1, 2006
This classic family guide to caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementia, and       memory loss in later life is now available in this user-friendly, oversized mass market edition.     Reissue.
Get it at Amazon or your favorite bookseller.


Social Security Administration

University of California at San Francisco
Memory and Aging Clinic (MAC)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The National Academy of ElderLaw Attorneys:

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
Phone: 800-447-6673

Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute

Next Step in Care provides easy-to-use guides to help family caregivers andhealth care providers work closely together to plan and implement safe and smooth transitions for chronically or seriously ill patients.

The informaton on this page is for reference and educational purposes. There is no substitute for seeing your doctor.

A Disease That Allowed Torrents of Creativity

Published: April 8, 2008

brain_600_spanIf Rod Serling were alive and writing episodes for “The Twilight Zone,” odds are he would have leaped on the true story of Anne Adams, a Canadian scientist turned artist who died of a rare brain disease last year.

Trained in mathematics, chemistry and biology, Dr. Adams left her career as a teacher and bench scientist in 1986 to take care of a son who had been seriously injured in a car accident and was not expected to live. But the young man made a miraculous recovery. After seven weeks, he threw away his crutches and went back to school.

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