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Health Tip: Leafy Greens May Slow Cognitive Decline

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-- Eating one serving of green leafy vegetables per day is associated with slower age-related cognitive decline, recent research suggests. Reported in the journal Neurology – the study involved 960 adults with an average age of 81 and no sign of dementia. The difference between those who ate the greens and those who did not was equivalent to being 11 years younger cognitively. The vegetables ...

Fit Middle-Aged Women May Fend Off Dementia Later

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WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – You may spend a lot of time working out, but there's a fitness reward you might not expect: better memory in your senior years. New research finds that being physically fit around age 50 lowers a woman's risk of developing memory-robbing dementia by almost 90 percent. And for those physically fit women who do end up with dementia, they tend to get it much later in ...

Poor Sleep May Heighten Alzheimer's Risk

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MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Older adults who are sleepy during the day might have harmful plaque building in their brain that is a sign of impending Alzheimer's disease, researchers report. A hallmark of Alzheimer's is the accumulation of a protein in the brain called beta-amyloid. It's believed that one benefit of sleep is to clear beta-amyloid, and poor sleep might allow it to build up, the ...

What Caregivers Should Know About Alzheimer's

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FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 – As the number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease continues to rise, the role of caregivers has become increasingly important, a dementia expert notes. "A good caretaker who understands the disease, its symptoms and progression is crucial to the overall well-being of people with Alzheimer's," Dr. Fred Kobylarz said in a news release from the Robert Wood Johnson ...

Health Tip: Next Steps After Being Diagnosed With Alzheimer's

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-- Being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease can be a scary experience. But getting enough information and support can help you conquer this difficult process. The National Institute on Aging suggests: Learn as much as possible about the disease. Schedule and keep regular medical appointments. Explore local support groups. Prepare for the future with legal, financial and long-term care planning. ...

High Cholesterol Tied to Better Brain Health in Those Over 85

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MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – In a seemingly counterintuitive finding, new research suggests that high cholesterol is associated with a reduced risk of mental decline in the elderly. People aged 85 to 94 with good brain function whose cholesterol was above normal had a 32 percent lower risk for mental decline over the next 10 years compared with people aged 75 to 84, who had a 50 percent higher risk ...

Health Tip: Friendships May Stem Cognitive Decline in Seniors

Posted 16 days ago by

-- Forging new friendships and maintaining old ones may help slow cognitive decline among seniors, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. For seven years, researchers at Northwestern University studied a group of so-called "superagers" – people 80 and older who had maintained long-standing friendships. The researchers found that the group collectively had memories of past personal events ...

Heavy Drinkers Put Themselves at Risk for Dementia

Posted 22 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – The ills that are linked to heavy drinking now include dementia, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed data from more than a million adults in France who were diagnosed with dementia between 2008 and 2013. They found that chronic, heavy drinking was a major risk factor for all types of dementia, but specially early onset dementia. Overall, alcohol abuse was associated ...

Pimavanserin Might Be Safer Alternative to Ease Dementia Psychosis

Posted 14 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – The "overmedication" of agitated dementia patients – with the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs – is an ongoing issue in U.S. health care. Now, British researchers say they may have found a medicine that helps ease those symptoms, but in a much safer way. The newer antipsychotic pimavanserin appears to ease psychosis symptoms in people with Alzheimer's disease ...

Therapy Reverses Alzheimer's Brain Plaque Buildup -- in Mice

Posted 14 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – Brain plaques believed to contribute to Alzheimer's disease melt away in mice when robbed of a key enzyme, researchers report. And the rodents' intellectual function actually improved as their amyloid plaques dissolved from lack of beta-secretase (BACE1), an enzyme critical in the formation of the plaques, said senior researcher Riqiang Yan. He is vice chair of ...

Heart Defects May Raise Odds for Dementia

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – If you were born with a heart defect, you might have to worry more about developing dementia as you age, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 10,600 people in Denmark born with a heart defect between 1890 and 1982. Compared with the general population, adults born with heart defects during that time period had a 60 percent overall ...

Low Blood Sodium Tied to Impaired Thinking in Older Men

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Lower sodium levels in the blood are associated with mental impairment and decline in older men, a new study finds. The findings may be of concern, especially because certain drugs often used by the elderly can lower blood sodium levels, experts said. Still, "at this point I do not think we can change our management of persons that fall into this category," said Dr. ...

Your Attitude About Aging Might Affect Odds for Dementia

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by

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 ...

What Works Best to Keep Drivers With Dementia Off the Road

Posted 2 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 – Don't count on physicians to keep drivers with dementia off the roads, a new study cautions. In-person license renewal and driver vision testing laws are more effective than mandatory doctor reporting of patients with dementia, researchers found. "The results of our study point to age-based licensing requirements as an effective way to improve safety," said study co-author ...

Brain 'Pacemaker' Might Help Slow Alzheimer's

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – Stimulating the brain with an implantable device may be safe – and possibly helpful – for some people with Alzheimer's disease, a small pilot study suggests. In what researchers described as a "proof of concept" treatment, three Alzheimer's patients had deep brain stimulation (DBS) wires implanted in the brain – in areas related to skills like planning, judgment and ...

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