When an older relative’s failing cognitive or physical abilities begin to affect his or her driving skills, you know it’s time to have a heart-to-heart talk about giving up the car keys to protect your loved one—and others—from harm. But do you know to have a similar talk with a relative whose mental or physical state…
You know that maintaining a healthy weight may protect you against a variety of chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Now, a recent study in Neurology suggests there’s another reason to maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight in midlife may accelerate aging in the brain.
A variety of common medications can contribute to memory or thinking problems. If you or a loved one is experiencing such issues, be sure to evaluate all of your medications with a doctor (but don’t stop taking any of them before you do). Alternatives can be found for many of them.
If you’re considering moving a person with dementia into a residential facility, a number of options are available. They vary greatly in the types and quality of care offered, so it’s crucial to do your homework before signing up. Here’s a review of the possibilities.
Stairs, doors, and windows can be extremely risky for people with dementia. Home-based caregivers can help reduce that risk by implementing safety precautions. Here’s advice to make your home a safer place for a person with dementia.
No treatment has been shown to stop or reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Yet, an abundance of alternative therapies for Alzheimer’s disease are available over the counter (OTC) with no reputable scientific research to support them. Don’t be swayed by the promises. Here are the red flags to look for.
It's been a game changer: Thanks to brain imaging advances scientists can safely measure deposits of the proteins beta-amyloid and tau in the brains of people while they are alive—not just during an autopsy after death. For now, this leap forward is for clinical researchers only. But that could change in the future.
You may have seen ads for the dietary supplement, Prevagen. According to the company that makes it, the supplement that has been “clinically shown” to improve memory and help prevent age-related cognitive decline. Unfortunately, those claims are not supported by solid clinical evidence.
Twice-weekly workouts may help people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) improve their memory and prevent further decline. Some evidence suggests that physical activity may also offer cognitive benefits to people who aren't cognitively impaired, though that remains to be proven.
Having a family member with Alzheimer's increases the risk of developing the disease. However, only a handful of people with Alzheimer's-fewer than 2 to 3 percent-have the disease as a result of one of three identifiable defective genes, or gene mutations.