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Your Attitude About Aging Might Affect Odds for Dementia

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – If you hope to avoid dementia in old age, having an upbeat view on aging itself might help, new research suggests. Researchers found that people with positive beliefs about aging had a nearly 44 percent lower risk of developing dementia over the next four years than those with a dimmer outlook. The protective link was seen even among people who carried a gene variant ...

Health Tip: Selecting a Nursing Home

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- When it's time to consider a nursing home for a family member or friend, you'll want to choose one that's a good fit personally and financially. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests: Prioritize what is most important: such as nursing care, meals, physical therapy, a religious connection, hospice care, or special-care services for a person with dementia. Seek recommendations from ...

Does Marriage Help Preserve Your Brain?

Posted 29 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – Tie the knot, save the brain? A new research review suggests there's something about marriage – or people who get and stay married – that significantly lowers the risk of mental decline in old age. "We were surprised by the strength of our findings," said review lead author Dr. Andrew Sommerlad, a psychiatrist in England. The new analysis found that lifelong single ...

New Finding Hints at Clue to Dementia

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – Inflammation in middle age may increase the risk for brain shrinkage and dementia in old age, a new study suggests. The researchers tested more than 1,600 people for five "biomarkers" of inflammation in their blood when they were, on average, 53 years old. About 24 years later, the participants were given brain scans and a memory test. Compared with people who had no ...

America's Dementia Caregivers Cite Stresses, Rewards

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – It's tough, often thankless work done by millions of Americans every day. And people who tend to a loved one with dementia say they're often overburdened, but the task has its rewards, too. Those are just some of the findings from a new University of Michigan survey, the National Poll on Healthy Aging, which tallied the experiences of dementia caregivers. About 5.5 ...

Health Tip: Identifying Vascular Dementia

Posted 12 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia, behind Alzheimer's disease. Vascular dementia typically occurs after a stroke, but it can occur for other reasons. The U.S. National Institute on Aging identifies three common forms: Multi-infarct dementia – This occurs after a series of small strokes that damage brain cells. Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with ...

High Blood Pressure in 40s a Dementia Risk for Women?

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s could be much more vulnerable to dementia later in life, a new study suggests. That increased risk could run as high as 73 percent, the researchers reported, but the same did not hold true for men. These new findings suggest that high blood pressure can start playing a role in brain health even earlier than previously ...

Failing Sense of Smell Tied to Dementia Risk

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – Older adults who've lost their sense of smell appear to have an increased risk of dementia, a new study suggests. The long-term study included nearly 3,000 participants, aged 57 to 85, who were tested on their ability to identify five common odors. At least four of the five odors were correctly identified by 78 percent of the participants, the researchers found. In ...

High, Low Levels of Magnesium Linked to Dementia Risk

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – Having magnesium levels that are too high or too low may put you at risk for Alzheimer's and other dementias, Dutch researchers report. In a study of more than 9,500 men and women, the highest or lowest levels of magnesium appeared to increase the chances for dementia by as much as 30 percent. "At this moment, magnesium levels are not routinely measured in daily ...

Heath Tip: Myths About the Aging Brain

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Scientists are uncovering new information about the human brain every day. But misinformation still abounds. The Global Council on Brain Health recently examined and disproved these myths about the aging brain: MYTH: Older people can't learn new things. TRUTH: Something as simple as meeting new friends and remembering their names is enough to simulate the brain and keep it active. Going back ...

Dementia Care: A Huge Financial Burden for U.S. Families

Posted 22 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 – Caring for a family member with a neurological disorder such as dementia is vastly more expensive than caring for a senior who is dementia-free, a new study finds. The average yearly cost of caring for a dementia-free senior is roughly $137,000. But the price tag rises to $321,000 for care of those struggling with dementia. And about 70 percent of that yearly cost ...

Study Links Moderate Drinking to Reduced Risk of Dementia

Posted 6 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Aug. 6, 2017 – Moderate drinking may be associated with a reduced risk of dementia in seniors, a new study suggests. But the study authors stressed that the findings shouldn't be interpreted as a signal to drink freely. The study only found an association between some alcohol consumption and mental sharpness, not a cause-and-effect link. Researchers followed more than 1,300 adults from ...

Traveling With Dementia: Tips for Family Caregivers

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2017 – Traveling with a loved one who has dementia requires special preparation. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America has some advice. "Traveling is a fun and enjoyable way to reenergize your body and mind. It can be beneficial to people living with dementia and their family caregivers under the proper circumstances," said Charles Fuschillo Jr., foundation president and CEO. ...

Moving From 'Stroke Belt' Doesn't Undo Higher Dementia Risk

Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 31, 2017 – Health problems for people born in the so-called Stroke Belt of the United States also include a higher risk of developing dementia – even if they move elsewhere, a new study suggests. Researchers who calculated data on thousands of adults living in northern California found dementia risk was roughly 26 percent higher for those born in nine states, nearly all in the ...

Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – One-third of dementia cases worldwide might be prevented by paying attention to nine risk factors throughout life, researchers say. These measures include: staying in school until you're at least over the age of 15; reducing hearing loss, obesity and high blood pressure in mid-life (ages 45 to 65); and reducing smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation ...

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