Does A Specific Dementia Diagnosis Matter?

I’ve recently been having a very friendly argument with one of the prescribers that I work with.  I’m questioning the specific dementia diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease that someone has been given.   Some of the features of this person’s condition however, do not seem typical.  For the stage of the dementia their memory seems more preserved…

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Lifestyle Change Following a Diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment

What is Mild Cognitive Impairment? Mild cognitive impairmen (MCI)  causes changes in the way that a person’s brain functions. This will often be to a degree that causes concern to the individual or others that they spend time with.  Consequently they regularly present to their GPs or specialist memory services for assessment and receive this diagnosis.   So how does this…

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Squirreling It Away: Cognitive Reserve and Dementia

It is common knowledge that squirrels don’t eat all their nuts at once.  They store them away.  Those that have stockpiled the most food are likely to weather the storm for longer when leaner times set in.    We can think of brain function in the same way.   According to the theory of cognitive…

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Getting Your Memory Assessed: The Implications

There’s no getting away from it.  The  idea that difficulties with memory or other components of brain function might be a dementia is pretty horrific for most people. The implications can be huge. So I’d strongly recommend consulting a GP as soon as you or those that are close to you notice a problem. Your doctor may be able  to…

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Here’s a question that I get asked rather a lot. ‘What’s the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?’ Let’s think of dementia as an umbrella term defining a group of illnesses where brain function deteriorates and usually progresses over time. There are many types of dementia.  Alzheimer’s disease is the most common but I frequently come across vascular…

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