Undiagnosed dementia puts elders at risk

Undiagnosed dementia puts elders at risk

By Elizabeth Landsverk, MD According to the World Health Organization, 47.5 million people worldwide are living with dementia, a number that is expected to more than triple by 2050. A diagnosis of dementia is frightening and overwhelming for those who have it and for...
Is It a Memory Lapse or Is It Dementia?

Is It a Memory Lapse or Is It Dementia?

Geriatric Specialist Elizabeth Landsverk, MD Provides Guidance and Tips for Patients and Families  About 10% of all people over the age of 65 have some form of dementia, by the age of 85 that has increased to 30-50%. As the population aged 65 and older continues to...
The ‘Stigma’ of Dementia

The ‘Stigma’ of Dementia

The ‘stigma’, which surrounds dementia in our country, is preventing early diagnosis, care and research into the disease. This fear affects many of those living with the condition, their families, friends, co-workers and caregivers. Dementia is not thought...
Denial and the Family

Denial and the Family

As I do geriatric house calls around the Bay Area, adult children and other relatives of my patients often say, “He’s just not the way he used to be. Why can’t he be the way he used to be?” Children and other family members often struggle to accept that an elder has...