A skipped appointment, confusion about how to take a prescription, or a forgotten instruction from our last visit sends my older patients into a spin of nervous panic, embarrassment, defensiveness, a string of excuses, and several assurances that such “highly unusual” memory blips “never happen” on a normal basis.
My younger patients, on the other hand, simply shrug – “oops, sorry Doc. …Read more
Dementia is a mental health condition that is quickly becoming a major health concern around the world. Approximately 35.6 million people suffer from the disease worldwide and 7.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Dementia involves a deterioration of memory, thinking, and behavior. And eventually, it interferes with the ability to carry out simple, everyday tasks. It is a leading cause of disability and dependency in older adults. Not only does dementia …Read more
Improved healthcare has contributed to longer, healthier lives; however, along with aging comes an increased risk of dementia. Approximately 35.6 million people around the world are living with dementia, and this number is expected to double every 20 years with a significant portion of this increase occurring in developing countries. Dementia commonly affects older people, although cases in individuals under the age of 65 are popping up around the world. While the exact cause of dementia is not known, research …Read more
Six minutes a day – three in the morning, and three before bed. That is all the time it takes to maintain a sparkling white smile. These six minutes, however, may prove to be far more important to your future well-being than anyone could have ever imagined.
A recent study by a group of British researchers suggests that oral hygiene may play a role in the onset of dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s disease. The …Read more