Diagnosis

How Brain Illness Causes Dementia

Why people with dementia do the odd things they do can seem like an unsolvable riddle. But with a basic understanding of how the brain operates, we see patterns that are less random than they may seem. The human brain is a vast, four-pound wilderness that continues to defy thorough explanation. The brain is made […]

Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia: What’s the Difference?

Dear Dementia Nurse, My mother-in-law’s doctor sometimes says she has Alzheimer’s and sometimes says she has dementia. How do we know which it is? Baffled in Birmingham     Dear Baffled, Great question! Terms that are used in relation to brain illness can be confusing. Different health care providers may or may not use them […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: The Drive-Thru Diagnosis

You sat in the doctor’s office. You heard the words. Alzheimer’s Disease. In many ways, you aren’t surprised. But that little corner of your mind that was hoping for a different verdict feels like Hiroshima on the day after. The doctor hands over a prescription for Aricept (donepazil)  and says to come back in three […]