“Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s!” For decades, Alzheimer’s disease seemed like the Marcia Brady of the dementia bunch, getting all the attention while its siblings were misunderstood Jans. But scientists and researchers haven’t been ignoring their stories. Far from it.
If you ever tried to remember the name of what’s-his-face or where the heck you put your glasses, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re likely experiencing typical brain responses as you age. However, if you or a loved one is experiencing more concerning memory lapses or confusion, it may not be typical aging at all.
Wondering if your loved one is suddenly acting like a big mean jerk to push your buttons or if there is something more serious going on? It could be frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and it could be causing some noticeable and even severe personality or behavioral changes.
It may not be as awkward as when they gave you the talk about the birds and the bees or your toddlerhood bathroom habits, but bringing up the need for cognitive impairment testing can be difficult for both you and your parent or other loved one.
A dementia diagnosis is life-changing, and most people experience a period of grief and uncertainty as they try to come to terms with it. While devastating, an early diagnosis can be a blessing in disguise for people who do not have up-to-date documentation regarding their legal, financial and healthcare matters.
Can’t wait to party with your loved ones like it’s 2019? As we complete our vaccinations, many of us are eager to celebrate and reconnect. But even with the vaccine, many older adults are understandably hesitant to get out there with the virus still very much in our midst – and picking up where they left off may not be easy, or even possible, for people with memory loss.