HEALTHBEAT Confronting dementia: When ignorance isn't bliss
If the findings from a recent Harris poll are any indication, many American adults worry their post-retirement years will be darkened by the shadow of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Yet de... Posted on 4/8/11 at 2:11 PM
Many people enjoy an active social life, but now there is evidence indicating that active social participation may postpone memory loss.
As people age, many experience normal age-associated memory impairment which should not be confused with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Age-Associated Memory Impairment may be manifested by difficulty recalling someone’s name or going to the pantry to get something and then forgetting what was wanted. It is related to normal changes in the brain with slower transmission of nerve impulses.
A man charged with killing his dementia-plagued father by dragging him into the ocean has reached a plea deal, his attorney said today, in a case that illuminated the stresses faced by those who care for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Project Lifesaver helps to locate adults and children who wander off because of autism, Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome, stroke, dementia and other related short-term memory issues, thereby reducing their risk for serious injury and death when they are alone.
Erin and Chris Bonitto, Cold Spring, Minn., have made it their mission to improve the quality of life of dementia patients by showing long-term caregivers how to reach them. Since the husband and wife team founded Gemini Consulting in 1998, they’ve spread their unique approach to dementia care facilities in 47 states. This summer, they’ll take their message to the world.
You've heard that diabetes hurts your heart, your eyes, your kidneys. New research indicates a more ominous link: That diabetes increases the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease and may speed dementia once it strikes. Doctors long suspected diabetes damaged blood vessels that supply the brain. It now seems even more insidious, that the damage may start before someone is diagnosed with full-blown diabetes, back when the body is gradually losing its ability to regulate blood sugar.
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