Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease

Dementia isn't a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Many causes of dementia symptoms exist. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of a progressive dementia.

Hometown Health Blog

An introductory guide to understanding dementia, Alzheimer’s disease

If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease could be the cause. Learn more about these conditions, their symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

November 20, 2023

Dementia-related pain: What caregivers need to know

Up to 80% of people with dementia experience pain. Learn how to recognize it and advocate for pain management for your loved one.

Jennifer Winegarden, D.O. By Jennifer Winegarden January 26, 2023

6 tips to keep your brain healthy

Changes to your body and brain are normal with age. Yet there are some things you can do to help slow the decline in memory and lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

Kelsey Kidd, C.N.P. By Kelsey Kidd December 29, 2022

When to seek help for memory loss

Several conditions — not just Alzheimer's disease — can cause memory loss in older adults. Find out why getting a prompt diagnosis and appropriate care is important.

Anne Shandera-Ochsner, Ph.D., L.P. By Anne Shandera-Ochsner December 2, 2022

All hands on deck for Jill McElroy: Second opinion leads to former U.S. Navy shipmate

Jill and Dan McElroy discovered they had a special connection with Jill's neurologist. Read about the career junction of two sailors, plus the added connection with Jill's father.

January 28, 2022

Memory loss

A Mayo Clinic study asking participants 70 and older how their memory now compared with their memory of the past indicated that 4 in 5 had trouble remembering people’s names.

March 30, 2019

Joan’s song: Music therapy brightens hospice patient’s days

Angela Joan Adkins has unspecified dementia. Her music therapist took a unique approach to bring back special memories by playing a song written by Joan's son, Guy, who passed away after a battle with cancer.

May 10, 2018