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 … Continue reading Afraid of dementia? These lifestyle changes can lower your risk
Forgetting why you came into a room, where your keys are or someone’s name are all signs of a busy life — but they can also be signs of dementia. Sometimes, the signs are not as obvious as memory loss. Some people may be unable to find the right words, repeat themselves or get lost … Continue reading Simply aging or something more serious?
Meet Susie. She is a furry, five-pound, wide-eyed gal who looks, acts and sounds like a baby harp seal. Beneath her white fur, though, is a mix of metal and wires programmed for a very specific purpose. For the past several years, that purpose has been to help elderly patients with memory loss find comfort amid … Continue reading Pet robots could reduce anxiety and improve vitals, says new research
Heartburn can be a pain, especially following the holiday season. To find relief, millions of Americans have relied on a class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)—medications that bind to stomach cells to reduce acid, often associated with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. But a new study casts doubt on … Continue reading Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?
Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, mixed dementia, Parkinson’s disease, the list goes on and on. Which diseases of the brain are considered dementia, and what does dementia really mean? The misconceptions that surround dementia stems from misunderstanding the word dementia. Once people understand what dementia means, we will be able to better … Continue reading Dementia is not just Alzheimer’s disease
Most of us accept aging as an inevitable consequence in time. Hair gets grayer. Skin is less supple. Posture may be compromised. What is less visible — and less acknowledged — is that the brain ages as well. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a major report on what it called cognitive aging. It … Continue reading How to combat brain changes as you age
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 … Continue reading Women with dementia decline faster than men, new study suggests
Coping with Alzheimer’s disease can be a gradual and disheartening process. As you watch your loved one slowly lose function, it can take a toll on you emotionally. Alan Stevens, PhD has special emphasis in geriatrics, and says this disease is due to buildup of plaques and tangles in the brain that trigger inflammation and … Continue reading 7 things to remember about your loved one with Alzheimer’s
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 … Continue reading Dealing with dementia
B vitamins play an important role in a host of body functions, from how we convert food into energy and metabolize cholesterol, to how we manufacture red blood cells and produce myelin, the protective insulation around your nerves. But recent work at Baylor Research Institute (BRI) suggests yet another implication: Sufficient intake of vitamins B9 … Continue reading How B Vitamins May Protect Against Alzheimer’s, Dementia and More