Dear Doc Column 1-27-18 Dear Doc, I’ve just turned 75 and the old brain isn’t like it used to be. I keep forgetting where I’ve parked. I forget names, lose things, forget to take my pills, and have been re-watching movies, forgetting I’ve already seen them. Any recommendations to keep me going? Hello, and thanks […]
Understanding traumatic brain injury
“This made no sense to me, probably because I speak English and [had] never had a brain injury [before].” — Tiny Fey You’ve just spent the night in the emergency room. Perhaps you’re the patient, or maybe the patient is someone you love, but it doesn’t matter. The night is a whirlwind of memories, and […]
Dementia: is it time for a nursing home?
Maybe it’s your mother who has Alzheimer’s, or it’s your husband who had a stroke and needs extra care. Their memory is failing. They repeat themselves in conversations, get lost when they leave the house, can’t hold onto new information or memories, won’t shower without a lot of convincing, and at times (and this is […]
Am I getting Alzheimer’s?
Ask the doctor: 1-14-18. Dear Doc, I’m in my 70’s and have noticed my memory seems to be slipping. I’m having problems remembering people’s names. Does that mean I’m getting Alzheimer’s? Many people have just that same question. As they age, they develop problems remembering names and occasionally forget where they parked their car, and […]
My aunt has dementia
Dear Doctor Column 1-20-18 Dear Doc, doctors tell us my aunt has “dementia.” I know dementia has something to do with the memory, but what exactly is it? Are there any treatments? I’m sorry to hear about your aunt, but it’s great that you’re trying to learn more about what’s going on with her. Hopefully […]
Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
It’s important to remember that people with Alzheimer’s don’t usually suffer because of their memory loss they’re unaware they’re sick and are often content to just sit still doing nothing.