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“I forgot what you thought” : theory of mind abilities in Alzheimer’s disease

“Theory of mind” or ToM is a critical aspect of what is called social cognition, a set of neurocognitive processes allowing us to have normal social interactions. Named because humans are assumed to make “theory” on other’s

Sopping assistance with eating and drinking in severe dementia

More and more people will develop some form of progressive dementia because of increasing life span in most countries. Since there is no effective therapy for Alzheimer’s disease and other progressive dementias, about 50% will die at

Management of apathy in the long-term care setting

Management of apathy is a very important issue in the long-term care because many residents with neurodegenerative disorders suffer from this syndrome. In Alzheimer’s disease, apathy is the most common behavioral syndrome and may occur already in

CSF-1 receptor and its activators – new players in the nervous system and neurological disease

Macrophages, meaning big eater (from the Greek, makros (large) and phagein (to eat)), are cells, present in all tissues of the body, that engulf and degrade large foreign particles, such as microbes and also scavenge abnormal self

Dementia and successful ageing after 100: An international consortium

Up until recently, centenarians and near-centenarians (i.e. 95 years and above) were considered outliers – few and far between – who had somehow beaten the odds and survived to the very limit of the human lifespan. According

Mild cognitive impairment in older people around the world

The global population is ageing rapidly, and bringing with it an increase in the number of people experiencing physical and mental health conditions associated with older age. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a common condition among older

Early-onset Alzheimer disease: what are we missing?

Memory is the first brain function that starts to fade away when Alzheimer disease (AD) pathology affects the brain of a patient. Decline of additional cognitive functions, shortly follows. This progressive and irreversible disease, intrudes the life

Understanding why behaviours are challenging for dementia family carers

Dementia is a global health challenge that confronts health and social care systems today. It is characterised by global cognitive impairment. However, it is the disruption to daily living and in particular the non-cognitive, (behavioural and psychological)

Physical activity helps to reduce cognitive symptoms for dementia patients

Dementia is a clinical syndrome characterized by cognitive symptoms, which lead to disruptions in many aspects of daily life. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 5.3 million people in the United States

Music therapy eases depression, soothes agitation in nursing home residents with dementia

Did you know that around the world there are more than 35 million people living with dementia? People who are diagnosed with dementia, a progressively worsening disorder that affects memory, often experience a sad mood, agitation, and

Promote the health of dementia caregivers

The vast majority of the care for people with Alzheimer’s dementia is and will be carried out by informal caregivers as health care services across the world cut funding. This is a major concern in an aging

A promising new drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

Diabetes is a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The underlying mechanism seems to be that insulin signaling in the brain of patients with AD is very much impaired. Insulin not only controls blood sugar levels,