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Turning: Taking the Long Way Around

*** Did you ever notice that when someone in the early or middle stages of dementia approaches a chair, they sometimes turn “the long way around” before sitting? Imagine approaching a chair on your left side.  Since your left hip ...

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Apraxia

The best way to describe apraxia is to first discuss praxis… which is the complex neurological system that remembers previously learned movements in our brains so that our movements are smooth and efficient.  It also remembers how to use objects. ...

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Chronic Stress and Dementia: The Lost Keys Paradox

From its earliest onset, dementia induces stress. Memory impairment, language problems, emotional dysregulation… most people are aware of these changes in the early stages of neurodegeneration. This awareness is upsetting, and it can trigger a cascade of hormonal changes that ...

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After the Neurologist: What Comes Next?

  At last, you’ve seen the neurologist.  You’ve finally taken that big step to get some answers.  The long awaited diagnosis has come, or at least other diagnoses have been ruled out.  You leave the neurologist’s office with a prescription ...

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Will I Inherit Dementia?

“My mother had dementia, so I will too.” I hear this common misconception all the time, so allow me to clarify a few things.  Dementia is not a disease or trait.  It is not a genetic certainty like eye color ...

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