Brain Health

Is Dementia Genetic or Hereditary?

There is a genetic link to Alzheimer’s and some dementia-related diseases. However, whether or not a person develops dementia is more complicated than whether or not they carry a specific gene. There are a range of factors, in addition to genetics, that catalyze or activate dementia onset. So, while health professionals may advocate for genetic testing to learn more about your risk, physicians and neurologists acknowledge that lifestyle choices are equally important in minimizing or slowing down dementia onset and progression.

2023-12-19T17:56:15+00:00September 2, 2023|Aging Care, Brain Health, Dementia Care|

The 7 Stages of Dementia

Dementia is a progressive disease and is often described in three stages: early dementia, mid-stage dementia, and late-stage dementia. But as memory care professionals, we’ve observed that each significant stage is divided into mini-stages correlating to specific home care needs.  Recognizing the various stages of dementia helps spouses and family caregivers understand which home care services are needed now and how to plan for the future. While Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, the following seven stages of progression are similar for adults with other dementia-related conditions (excluding Lewy body dementias).

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