Brain and Nervous System

The central nervous system (CNS) is made up of the brain and the spinal cord. The central nervous system controls thought processes, guides movement, and registers sensations throughout the body.

Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: Coping With Sundowning

People who have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia are sometimes easily confused. They may forget where they are, what day it is, and other common facts. Sundowning is a term to describe increased confusion that occurs in late afternoon and at night. The person gets restless at those times of day. He or she may…

Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: Maintaining Good Nutrition

Getting a person with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia to eat enough may be a challenge in some cases. Some of these tips may help you. If the person resists using a spoon or fork, don’t force the issue. Some people may have vision or motor problems that make using a spoon or fork difficult. Serve food that can…

Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: Making the Most of Remaining Abilities

A person who is aware of losing some mental and functional abilities may be depressed or frightened and may feel like a burden to those who take care of him or her. Helping the person stay active and involved may make it easier for both of you. Take advantage of the person’s remaining abilities for as long as possible…

Alzheimer’s Disease

Discusses a form of mental decline (also called dementia). Looks at possible causes. Covers symptoms like memory loss or changes in mood or behavior. Covers treatment with medicines to help with memory and thinking problems. Offers tips for caregivers.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Should I Take Medicines?

Guides you through decision to take medicines for Alzheimer’s disease. Covers medicine choices and their side effects. Lists reasons for and against taking medicines. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision.