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Editor's Note: This is the next in a multi-part series on Habilitation Therpay for Alzheimer's and Dementia, all by our Director of Care, Deborah Bier, PhD.  These articles first appeared on www.PsychCentral.com, where Dr. Bier is their Alzhiemers & Dementia columnist. Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Eyes Have it

Seeing is believing, yes? In our day-to-day world, we believe that what we see around us is pretty much what others with healthy eyes can see. We see a clear glass filled with milk sitting on a white table, and we assume that others can see a clear glass filled with milk sitting on a white table, too.

But that’s not necessarily true if someone has Alzheimer’s Disease — they may only see the white table. Though it is not widely recognized, it is a fact that people with several types of dementia (but especially Alzheimer’s Disease) experience significant changes in the way their brains take in and interpret visual information, generally unconnected to eye health and function. These changes follow several predictable patterns that powerfully influence the behavior of people with dementia... (see the rest of this article here)