Most of us have had this problem on occasion: that frustrating night when we have difficulty falling asleep. For individuals with dementia, various difficulties such as insomnia, restlessness, agitation or the condition known as “sundowning” can be an ongoing disruption to getting a good night’s sleep.
Keeping physically active is good for your body, and new research shows that it also may be good for your hippocampus. The hippocampus, the part of the brain that is important for learning and memory, often shrinks in people who have Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
The family unit often faces major adjustments when an individual is diagnosed with dementia. Traditions, responsibilities and relationships will change, sometimes rather quickly but sometimes gradually. It is a wise idea to prepare for these changes proactively in order to make the transitions smoother and to lessen the upheaval that otherwise might occur.
They’re known as the “sandwich generation,” those middle-aged adults who are torn in two directions caring for their children as well as their aging parents. In some cases, an aging parent may have dementia, which requires constant monitoring and caregiving.
As we age, we may tend to worry about lapses in memory that we never experienced before. Could those memory lapses signal a form of dementia? In some cases, the answer may be yes. However, there are instances when memory loss is not indicative of the cognitive decline associated with dementia.