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The A’s of Dementia Part II: Agnosia & Apraxia

March 21, 2019

Agnosia: Inability to Recognize Common Objects of People Agnosia takes place as the frontal, occipital and temporal lobes of the brain become damaged. Behaviors associated with this “A” mean the brain develops an inability to recognize and use common everyday objects. One example that illustrates the confusion between common objects is mistaking a toothbrush for…

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The A’s of Dementia Part I: Amnesia & Aphasia

March 21, 2019

As you deal with dementia, you may hear your doctor or health professional use specific medical terms – amnesia, aphasia, agnosia, and apraxia – to describe the effects of the disease. These “A’s” are seen in all types of dementias, not just Alzheimer’s. Understanding the A’s and their associated behaviors is important. This knowledge will…

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How is Memory Affected by Dementia?

March 14, 2019

~The Filing Cabinet~ Dementia takes a huge structural toll on the brain. For many persons this “toll” is two pounds or so of the original three pounds of brain tissue lost as dementia kills the brain cells and the body removes them as waste. As we work through what dementia is, sometimes it helps to…

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Normal Aging, Dementia & Heredity

March 11, 2019

~Dementia vs Normal Aging~ One of the most common questions I am asked is how to tell the difference between dementia and normal aging, especially when we occasionally call our youngest child the name of our oldest one, can’t remember the telephone number we’ve had for 20 years when asked for it by a sales…

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Dementia vs Delirium

March 8, 2019

Dementia is a slow progressing disease. When you think about your loved one, you should be seeing a decline in abilities that has occurred over a period of several years or months. If you only see your loved one over holidays, then you can almost count backwards from Thanksgiving events and see a steady loss…

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Eliminating Stimuli Overload for Persons with Dementia

March 8, 2019

Persons with Dementia may become overwhelmed when faced with too many visual and auditory stimuli. Remember, the problem is not that they don’t sense what’s going on around them; the problem is with how the brain processes and translates what is being seen and heard. A healthy brain applies value to the stimuli input it…

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The SLUMS Test: Did you know that each question on the test is assessing Axis I-V of brain function?

February 20, 2019

Has your loved one recently been administered the Saint Louis University Mental Status Examination (SLUMS) by a healthcare professional? It would have involved questions like “What day of the week is it?, What is the year?, What state are we in?”. If so, each question from the examination is testing one of the five axes…

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Call to Action

February 20, 2019

It is now we must face dementia directly, honestly and with greater compassion. As professionals dedicated to the care of persons with dementia, we owe it to them and to their family caregivers. To do any less is not compassion, but cruelty. In what other disease do we retreat into myth and fear? These are…

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