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The Self In Dementia Is Not Lost, And Can Be Reached With Care

Many people see memory as providing the foundation upon which a stable sense of self is constructed. Our autobiographical memory, in particular, seems crucial to weaving a life story that bridges past and present, and permits us to extrapolate how the future might unfold, all within a meaningful and coherent narrative. So what happens when […]

Bilingualism And Dementia: How Some Patients Lose Their Second Language And Rediscover Their First

For many people with dementia, memories of early childhood appear more vivid than their fragile sense of the present. But what happens when the present is experienced through a different language than the one spoken in childhood? And how might carers and care homes cope with the additional level of complexity in looking after bilingual […]

Depression Associated With Acceleration Of The Rate At Which The Brain Ages

Evidence that psychological problems such as depression and anxiety increase risk for dementia later in life is growing. These problems, known as affective disorders, as well as poor cognitive function are, of course, not unusual in older adulthood. After age 70, for example, it has been estimated that the both lower mood and poor cognition […]

Frontotemporal Dementia Proliferates Via Inter-network Synaptic Connections

Maps of brain connections have been used to predict how brain atrophy would spread in individual patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in a new study[1] from UC San Francisco scientists. The results advance scientists’ knowledge of how neurodegeneration spreads and could lead to new clinical tools to evaluate how well novel treatments slow or block […]

Low Blood Pressure Could Be A Culprit In Dementia

Decline in brain function often occurs as people age. People often worry that declining brain function is an inevitable part of growing old and will lead to dementia, but it is not. Many people do not experience age-related cognitive decline. Clinical studies that have followed older individuals over many years have consistently demonstrated that chronically […]