Driving and dementia is such an important and much-asked topic. Does a diagnosis of dementia mean one needs to retire from driving? Which symptoms are more likely to make one stop driving? And can we still drive if we have MCI? Let’s find out. Driving Driving is an integral part of our everyday lives with … Continue reading Driving and dementia
Aduhelm – The new ‘wonder drug’ for Alzheimer’s disease? Aduhelm is the first new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease for some decades. This should be a reason to celebrate but the story of the development of Aduhelm is not straightforward and has led to quite some controversy. So, how does Aduhelm actually work and what is … Continue reading Aduhelm – The new ‘wonder drug’ for Alzheimer’s disease?
Being concerned about our memory is a common occurrence when we age. But which specific memory symptoms might indicate that we are developing dementia? And are there are other types of memory that are less affected by dementia? Let’s find out. ‘Fifty shades of memory’ People are often surprised that there is more than one … Continue reading Which memory symptoms are specific for dementia?
Type II Diabetes and dementia Type II Diabetes is a well-known risk factor for dementia. But how does Type II Diabetes actually influence our risk for dementia? And can Type II Diabetes also influence our disease progression once we have dementia? Let’s find out. Diabetes Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions, but … Continue reading Type II Diabetes and dementia
Who was the first person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease Who was the first person ever diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? What do we know about this person? And is that person still relevant today? Let’s find out. Most people interested in the history of dementia will know about the doctor who first described Alzheimer’s disease for … Continue reading Who was the first person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease?
Behavioural symptoms and dementia progression Behavioural symptoms are common in dementia and cause often the greatest distress to the person with dementia and their carers. There have been also suggestions that behavioural symptoms can lead to a faster dementia disease progression. What is the scientific evidence for that? And if so, which behavioural symptoms are … Continue reading Behavioural symptoms and dementia progression
Dementia diagnosis and suicide Suicide is a very controversial if not taboo subject in many societies. However, over the last few years, I have come across the occasional reports of suicide in people who had recently received a diagnosis of dementia. But what is the scientific evidence whether people are more likely to commit suicide … Continue reading Dementia diagnosis and suicide
Smoking and dementia risk Smoking has been known for a long time to increase the risk for dementia. But how does smoking increase our risk for dementia? Is nicotine by itself increase our risk for dementia? How about vaping, does this also increase our risk for dementia? Let’s find out. Smoking and health consequences It … Continue reading Smoking and dementia risk
Families and carers of people with dementia often report that the person with dementia seems to be increasingly ‘living in the past’. It seems a strange symptom, as people with dementia can often recall detailed events from long ago but have difficulties remembering what just happened a few days ago. How is this symptom caused … Continue reading ‘Living in the past’ memory symptom
Rare dementia series: Corticobasal degeneration One of the least understood rare forms of dementia is Corticobasal degeneration. Many people will have never heard of this type of dementia, including many clinicians and healthcare professionals. So, let’s explore Corticobasal degeneration. What type of dementia is it? And does it overlap with other dementias? Let’s find out. … Continue reading Rare dementia series – Corticobasal degeneration