What is brain shrinkage/’atrophy’ in dementia?

What is brain shrinkage/’atrophy’ in dementia When receiving a diagnosis of dementia, many people hear for the first time the term brain ‘atrophy’. The term is usually given by the clinician providing the diagnosis when discussing their brain scan. For example, “you have mild atrophy in your brain, suggesting that you might have the early … Continue reading What is brain shrinkage/’atrophy’ in dementia?

Rare Dementia Series – Behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia

Many people will have never heard of behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia but it is, in my opinion, one of the most devastating dementias. The reason for its devastating status is that this type of dementia changes people’s personality and behaviour drastically. Most of us will be familiar with behavioural symptoms in dementia, which for many … Continue reading Rare Dementia Series – Behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia

Rare dementia series – Posterior Cortical Atrophy

We often talk more about the common forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular dementia, which, together, account for ~70-80% of all people with dementia. The remaining ~20-30% of dementia get often overlooked and are therefore also commonly under-recognised or plainly misunderstood. Time to change that. In this series, we are going to … Continue reading Rare dementia series – Posterior Cortical Atrophy