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World Health Organization Issues Recommendations to Lower Dementia Risk

Engaging in physical activity and not smoking top the list of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations for a lifestyle that will reduce the risks of developing dementia. Addressing the topic of dementia for the first time, in 2019, WHO issued these and other recommendations that address potentially modifiable risk factors after examining available evidence and…

Falling for Online Scams May Signal Cognitive Impairment in Seniors

Getting duped by telephone or online scam artists who seek to separate people from their money could be a clue that a person is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of cognitive impairment, several recent studies have found.

Anticoagulants Reduce Dementia Risk in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

Increasing evidence indicates that atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia, is associated with cognitive dysfunction. A study published in Neurology finds that in older adults, anticoagulants may help protect cognitive function and delay the onset of dementia in these patients.

Cognitive Decline and Blood Pressure: New Studies Shed Light on the Link

Mounting research suggests that having high blood pressure in midlife may harm your brain down the line—and that taking aggressive measures to lower elevated blood pressure might help preserve cognition.

Laundry Pods Pose Poison Risk for Adults with Dementia

If a person with dementia lives with you, be sure to keep liquid laundry detergent pods locked up or carefully stored out of reach. The colorful individual-use packets, which can resemble candy or juice, remain a substantial cause of accidental poisonings in the U.S. despite the introduction of a voluntary safety standard for them in 2015.

Vitamins, Supplements, Memory Boosters?

Your body needs vitamins to stay healthy. But, with possibly one exception, there’s not much reason to believe that taking high doses of vitamins in the form of dietary supplements will improve your memory and cognitive skills.

Dementia and Guns: A Dangerous Duo

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…

Can Being Overweight in Midlife Accelerate Brain Aging?

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.

Medications That Affect Memory

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.

Residential Alternatives to at-Home Care for Alzheimer’s Patients

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.