How to Spot Epilepsy in Seniors When It Looks Like Dementia

The fastest-growing segment of epilepsy patients in the United States is over age 65, and their condition is potentially difficult to diagnose. One reason is that seniors often don’t experience epilepsy symptoms until these later years, and they rarely have convulsions. Instead, they have different, more understated symptoms, says epileptologist Andreas Alexopoulos, MD. These symptoms … Read More

Alzheimer’s Disease Toll Vastly Underreported

A new study finds that Alzheimer’s disease may contribute to almost as many deaths as heart disease or cancer.  Rush University Medical Center researchers studied more than 2,500 people who were age 65 and older. The researchers tested the people every year for dementia. Almost half of the people died after an average of eight years. … Read More

Men Behaving Badly? Could Be Dementia

When most people think of dementia, they envision the Alzheimer’s symptoms we hear so much about — memory loss, trouble with language or difficulty with daily activities. But there’s another type of dementia called frontotemporal dementia (FTD) that can strike without any of those symptoms, instead arriving with an alarming change in behavior and personality. … Read More

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