Articles relating to 'dementia'

Why my parents want to grow old at home

technology_dementia_senior_healthI’m sure you can relate to this. My parents want to stay in the house they’ve lived in for over 40 years – the house where my sisters and I grew up – as long as they can. It’s their home, the center point of family memories, holiday dinners in the dining room, cribbage games on the back … Read More

Scared about Alzheimer’s? It could be something else

Scared about Alzheimer’s? It could be something elseIt’s the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s, and yet it’s often misidentified and therefore underdiagnosed – to the detriment of many patients.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, what’s called Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) has three distinguishing features that eventually become apparent: Fluctuating alertness and attention resembling delirium, visual hallucinations and Parkinson’s-like … Read More

Make this crucial health test part of your annual checkup

dementia, memory lossDid you know that early testing of people with dementia may assist them to receive help even earlier? That early help can make all the difference.

Families can make plans for their loved ones’ care, get help with day-to-day tasks, and keep an eye out for future problems that can occur with the disease. In some instances, such … Read More

Why your mood could be a sign of serious illness

DEMENTIA, DEPRESSIONAs a doctor, I see people with a wide variety of health issues every day. One that I have noticed is really prevalent is depression in seniors.

As people get up in years, the risk of dementia and other degenerative diseases of the brain become much more likely. So that’s why this new information I was reading about … Read More

When you’re afraid your memory is declining…

brain, dementiaA sunny outlook on life doesn’t just brighten your day in the present – it could also help protect your brain from dementia in the future.

Dementia is a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to affect one’s daily life. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which affects more than five million Americans … Read More

Seniors Have Sharper Memory Than Ever Before

178618070Oh so true: 50 is the new 40 and 60 is the new 70 and so on. But youthful vitality is not all physical appearance.

New research shows that seniors today have sharper minds than they did years ago. Yet another reason to enjoy getting older!

Comparing Age And Memory

During a European-based study, more than 200 elderly … Read More

5 Unusual (Yet Incredibly Easy) Ways to Protect Your Brain Health

83110822What a difference, watching how my older patients treat their brain health versus how my younger patients do.

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 … Read More

Study Finds Laughter Actually IS the Best Medicine for Dementia

78531136Dementia 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 … Read More

Breastfeeding Women May Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s

56568093Improved 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 … Read More

The Way You Brush Your Teeth Could Increase Your Risk of Dementia

142374319Six 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.

The Connection between Dementia and Gum Disease

A recent study by … Read More

Why Are So Many Dementia Cases Escaping Diagnosis?

120792069Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are words that the Baby Boomer generation likely feel they’ve heard enough of, and wish would just go away. Our memories – and clarity of mind –  are precious to us. So it’s no wonder that these diseases invoke fear, often causing people to avoid facing them. Recent statistics found that far more people … Read More

New Research Suggests Alzheimer’s is a Form of Diabetes

167293222Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is a form of progressive dementia that profoundly affects a person’s memory, thinking and behavior. Approximately 5.2 million people are currently suffering with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., and that number is projected to triple by 2050. Like all diseases, Alzheimer’s prevention is far … Read More

The High Cost of Dementia and Memory Care

80410231A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that the cost of caring for dementia patients in the United States is at a staggering level, destined to rise further in the coming decades.

To put this into perspective, the study reports that the costs associated with dementia care is higher than two of the … Read More

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