Misunderstood, Often Misdiagnosed: This Type of Dementia Affects 60,000 Adults, Most Aged 45-64

There is a type of dementia that few have heard of. Far less common than Alzheimer’s disease, which affects some 5 million Americans, this type of dementia is found in about 60,000 people nationwide. It’s called frontotemporal degeneration or FTD, and though it’s largely unknown, it’s the most common form of dementia among patients under…

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Experts Propose New Ways to Define (and One Day Treat) Alzheimer’s

For the past several years there has been little if any obvious change in the way doctors diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. Typically, a patient starts showing some observable signs and symptoms, and they come to their doctor for neurological testing. By the time the familiar symptoms of dementia begin to show, the disease has already progressed…

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Extreme Advance Directive Allowing Dementia Patients to Refuse Food and Water Triggers Controversy

Is it “an informed and thoughtful choice,” or is it a “disturbing” threat to “the most vulnerable in society”?  A newly-drafted advanced directive in New York State is already provoking deep controversy among medical ethicists, geriatric physicians, and families of those with dementia. The controversy is explained in this article that appeared last week on…

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Should Your Aging Parent Move in with You and Your Family? Experts say, “Consult Your Head and Your Heart”

It’s a decision a growing number of families will face, especially as the baby boomers get older. Your mom or dad is starting to show signs of physical or cognitive decline. They seem less happy and secure living on their own than they used to. Sooner or later for millions of families the question will…

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Swedish Study Shows Higher Fitness Levels Result in Dramatically Lower Rates of Dementia

What if you learned that there’s one lifestyle change you can make that could dramatically reduce your likelihood of developing dementia? A 44-year long Swedish study, just described in the journal Neurology, revealed some truly extraordinary results that may provide at least preliminary evidence of that “silver bullet” in the battle against cognitive decline. The…

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