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dementia

Brain and Nervous System
February 20, 2018

Helping someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia (a group of thinking and social symptoms that interfere with daily functioning), and it is marked by a progressive degeneration of brain tissue. Eventually, people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease lose the ability to think, reason and coordinate movement, becoming incapacitated over the course of five to eight years. It primarily affects people over the age of 65 and in such cases, it’s known as late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. It has also been reported among people in their 50s and 40s, but is rarely diagnosed in people in their 30s when it is…
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Ageing
January 8, 2015

Can Alzheimer’s be cured?

Dementia, and particularly dementia of the Alzheimer’s type, is becoming a lot more common as the years go by. Unlike many diseases, Alzheimer’s is a collection of conditions with no cure, no known cause and it has a massive impact the people closest to the patient. If you have a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s then you’ll know exactly how devastating can be – it’s almost as if you’re losing your loved one right in front of your eyes. Scientists all over the world have been researching this condition - trying to understand it and find a cure. Now they…
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Mental & Emotional Health
May 4, 2014

Dealing with dementia

There are an estimated 30 million people living with dementia – you may not be a sufferer, but you could be caring for someone who is. Here are some facts about what dementia is, and what it isn't. (more…)
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Ageing
March 17, 2014

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Soul-mates for 40 years, Frank and Heila Hunt had happy plans for the next phase of their lives together, once they reached retirement. But everything changed when Heila was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 56. Heila’s condition was diagnosed early, and the couple put everything on hold so that they were able to enjoy what time they had together. For Frank, that was the worst part about his wife’s illness – slowly watching her lose her memory, speech and other abilities. (more…)
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Ageing
January 16, 2014

Spotting the early signs of dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is fast becoming a serious health problem, and it currently affects more than 800 000 people in the UK alone. Considering there is no cure for the disease, scientists are now trying to find new ways to spot the early signs of dementia, in an attempt to help curb the problem before it becomes worse. One of the latest scientific advancements is a 15 minute test to help detect any early warning signs of the condition. (more…)
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