Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. In other words, it is a chronic condition that largely affects the brain and spinal cord. It is also frustratingly mysterious, with no clear cause or cure.
As people age, nutritional deficiencies, mental illnesses such as dementia, and other causes can affect the brain and its thinking processes. It’s no surprise that strange behavior often ensues, including seniors wearing certain garments or the entirety of an outfit
Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by toxic changes in the brain. Therefore, it largely impairs memory and judgment, although motor skills may also be affected when brain signals meant to control muscles are damaged.
Getting dressed can become a struggle for both
There is no question about the importance of being social, especially elderly people who are prone to isolation and thus depression. Physical and mental health can be greatly improved with some good ol’ company or community-based activity. Time with family and friends
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a broad term to describe the impairment of memory, communication and thinking. As we age, our cognitive abilities lower and memory loss becomes common with old age. Dementia is more extreme where that decline can greatly
The Alzheimer Society of Canada website states that in 2011, there were 747,000 people living with some form of cognitive impairment, including dementia. This number is expected to double to 1.4 million by 2031. This means that many of us
It can be upsetting and frustrating when a loved one with dementia forgets who his/her family members are. Sometimes it’s a case of not being able to recognize faces. Many times I have heard family members say, “He thinks I
Recently, while I was at a family celebration, several people mentioned memory concerns to me.
Some were older adults concerned about the memory of their spouses. Some were adult children concerned about the memory of their parents. And a few were
Good for you. You were brave enough to get tested, and your courage will pay off bigtime. Not only will you be able to stay in control of your decision-making process, you will also be minimizing risk of accidents to
I have been a geriatric mental health clinician since 2010. One of the most complex and perplexing conditions that I have seen in those 65 and older is delirium and it's confusion. Of the troubling “3Ds” (Delirium, Depression and Dementia)