Tag Archives: parkinson’s disease dementia

Predicting cognitive changes in Parkinson’s #parkinsons #PDdementia #cognition

So, it’s not new information that you can develop some cognitive changes with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Not everyone with PD experiences some changes to memory, language, executive function, mood, personality or behaviour; however, people with PD are 6x more likely to develop one of these issues (to differing levels of severity) compared with persons of the same age without-PD. If… Read more »

My latest article: A typology across dementia caregivers (Roland & Chappell, Ageing Soc 2014)

I recently published an article in the journal Ageing & Society addressing the different challenges faced by caregivers across different disease groups. We often send all caregivers who are caring for a loved one with dementia to the same resource (i.e. Alzheimer’s society), when in fact they may be facing very different challenges! After a thorough look at the scientific literature,… Read more »

CIHR cafe scientifique: Dealing with Dementia

I attended a wonderful webinar from Canadian Institutes of Health Research on dealing with dementia. It offered perspectives from two caregivers (one Alzheimer’s and one Parkinson’s + dementia), a nurse and a physician on “living” with dementia. Here are some of the highlights I took away… For caregivers and persons with dementia: dementia is complex! the diseases behind dementia express themselves… Read more »

Mind, Mood and Parkinson’s: Headway Conference

Last month I attended Headway’s annual conference on cognitive aspects of Parkinson’s disease. The event was wonderfully organized and had a great lineup of speakers! The event started with watching Jillian Carson‘s video submission on her experience with Parkinson’s that won the people’s choice award at WPC 2013 in Montreal. You can watch her video HERE Dr. Gheis did a… Read more »

A common dementia gene?

A variant gene thought to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease, the ε4 allele of the gene for apolipoprotein E, may be associated with other forms of dementia (Zabetian et al, Archives of Neurology, 2012). In this study, the researchers defined four types of dementia – Alzheimer’s without Lewy body neuropathologic changes, Lewy body disease with Alzheimer’s features, pure Lewy body disease… Read more »

recognizing dementia

classic clinical signs of parkinson’s disease (PD) include: 1) resting tremor 2) rigidity (or stiffness) 3) postural instability (balance troubles) and 4) bradykinesia (slowed movements, like rising from a chair) – However, nonmotor (i.e. pain, sleep difficulties) and psychological (i.e. apathy, depression, hallucinations) symptoms can also occur. – Dementia can also develop in PD. Epidemiology shows PD associated dementia (PDD)… Read more »