alzheimer’s disease

Afraid of dementia? These lifestyle changes can lower your risk

Do you fear aging? With the prevalence of dementia increasing, many people fear getting old. Thanks to medical advancements, our bodies are living longer, but what about our minds? By 2060, it’s estimated that 14 million people in the U.S. will have Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. But before you resign yourself …

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Can smartphones improve life for those with Alzheimer’s? New study explores

Early detection is critical in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why researchers at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute are working on a potentially life-changing screening to identify new genes that could trigger the condition. Discovering new triggers would no doubt have a profound impact on the future of Alzheimer’s care, but there’s also …

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Solving the mysteries of early-onset Alzheimer’s

A dangerous assumption many make when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease is that it only affects the elderly. In reality, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of the death in the United States and can be diagnosed as early as your 40s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, while deaths from chronic conditions like heart disease …

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Can a saliva test really detect your genetic “risk” of Alzheimer’s?

Unlocking the data stored within our DNA can help us learn a host of different things about our ancestry and health. But how much should you worry if your genes are linked to the development of disease? 23andMe, a genetic testing company, aims to arm people with foreshadowing about their health risks. It recently received …

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Remaining connected through the progression of Alzheimer’s disease

As more Americans begin to age, the number of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease — a progressive brain disorder that affects memory, thinking, and communication — is projected to grow. With the increasing prevalence of the condition, comes new challenges for families: How do they communicate effectively without straining their relationships with loved ones, especially …

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Learning to thrive, in the face of early-onset Alzheimer’s

Larry spent a majority of his life in the Lewisville area, a sprawling suburb outside of Dallas, Texas. He raised his children there, held a prominent car salesman job locally and made several close friendships during his five decades in the town. So when he started to become forgetful — getting lost while driving, misplacing …

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On National Coffee Day, remember both the benefits and risks of our favorite bitter bean

Happy National Coffee Day, everyone. In all likelihood, this day won’t change the drinking habits for most people as coffee is the official starter fluid of the morning impaired. That being said, today gives us an opportunity to inform you of some of the health benefits (and risks) of the blessed, bitter bean. Beyond simply …

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Women with dementia decline faster than men, new study suggests

A new study suggests women at risk for dementia may experience cognitive decline two times faster than men, according to researchers. The authors of the study presented their work in late July at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington, D.C. Their findings pertain to women with mild cognitive impairment. “This is a new area …

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Dealing with dementia

As our loved ones get older, it can be tough to see them age. Whether it is physically or mentally, the decline in functionality can be difficult to cope with—not just for your loved one, but you as well. The Scott & White Program on Aging and Care has a team of individuals who offer …

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