Communication

Changes In Communication Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia will gradually affect how you communicate with people. Changes in your ability to communicate will be unique to you, so there is no way of knowing in advance what those specific changes might be. We do know, however, that when you have early dementia it generally takes longer for your brain to process what’s being said to you. Some of the other ways that communication may be affected are: Needing more time to decide how to respond, especially if you're trying to answer a direct question Having problems finding the right w [...]

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Challenges You May Face

Employment If you are still working, memory loss and other symptoms of MCI or dementia will eventually affect your work. You may not feel ready for retirement, but your diagnosis will eventually make your job too difficult to do. While some people, particularly those with MCI, can continue to work successfully for some time after they are diagnosed, those with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another dementia may have problems sooner. What are some of the ways that dementia could interfere with my work? You may find that you have trouble concentrating. You may forget meetings and appointments, o [...]

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Getting An Evaluation

If you are concerned about memory loss, the first step is to talk with your general practitioner about any changes you have noticed. Ask your doctor if you should be evaluated at a memory disorders center or by a geriatric neurologist to determine if your memory loss should be treated. You can also call us for referrals to geriatric neurologists or diagnostic centers in the New York City area. Be aware that it isn’t always easy to get the information you need from your physician. A lot of people find it helpful to make a list of questions to ask before the visit. While you’re with the doctor, [...]

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Living With Your Diagnosis

Even though you have received a life-changing diagnosis, there is much to be said for maintaining a good quality of life. Most people in the early stage find that they are able to continue doing many of the things they enjoy without letting their illness get in the way. However, there may also be days when you find that it becomes harder to motivate yourself and stay involved in daily activities. When this happens, it’s often better to push yourself and not give in to the urge to stay in bed later than you ordinarily would or to just sit at home and do nothing. It can be more beneficial to do [...]

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MCI, AD, and Other Dementias

What is Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)? MCI is a diagnosis that is used to describe people who have some problems with their memory but do not actually have dementia. It is a subtle type of memory loss that is not part of the normal aging process. With MCI you will be more forgetful than others in your age group. Typically, MCI does not significantly interfere with your ability to participate in daily activities. However, it can affect many areas of thought and actions such as attention, reasoning, reading, and writing. People with MCI may also experience anxiety, depression, apathy, and irri [...]

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