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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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Pet robots could reduce anxiety and improve vitals, says new research

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 …

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Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?

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 …

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Dementia is not just Alzheimer’s disease

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 …

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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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7 things to remember about your loved one with Alzheimer’s

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 …

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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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How B Vitamins May Protect Against Alzheimer’s, Dementia and More

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 …

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