About 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) each year; most are over age 60, and men are twice as likely to have it as women. Early symptoms of PD are subtle, occur gradually, and may go unnoticed for some time. As the disease progresses, however, the shaking, or … Read More
Q: What is encephalitis and how is it treated? Does it cause long-term damage?
A: Encephalitis is a severe inflammation of the brain that is triggered either by a viral infection or an immune reaction in which the body’s defense system mistakenly attacks the brain. The condition often follows contact with … Read More
Many older adults complain of problems with their short-term memory (STM, also known as working memory), which is the aspect of memory that involves keeping information in your thoughts while you manipulate it. These seniors describe an increase in frustrating memory glitches, such as being unable to remember an address … Read More
A Whiff of the Herb Rosemary Can Boost Prospective Memory
Many older adults have trouble remembering to complete a task, such as taking a medication, at a given time in the future—a type of memory called prospective memory. A recent study suggests that one very effective strategy for remembering to remember … Read More
According to the most recent estimates of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 380,000 Americans develop the tick-borne bacterial infection called Lyme disease every year, and the number of cases is steadily growing. The increase in Lyme disease incidence may be of special concern to seniors, whose aging immune … Read More
Study: Supplements Unlikely to Lower Dementia Risk
A long-term study of men who took daily vitamin E and selenium supplements has found that neither supplement lowers the risk for dementia. The research, published online March 20, 2017 in JAMA Neurology, involved more than 7,500 healthy older males. Participants were assigned to … Read More
Just a few days of treatment with an opioid medication can lead to dependency in vulnerable people, according to a new study. Researchers studied the medical records of a large number of individuals enrolled in insurance and managed care plans who received treatment with opioids and other painkillers, looking for … Read More
Research increasingly points to an association between anticholinergic medications—a class of drugs commonly used by older adults—and an increased rate of emergency department and hospital utilization in the U.S.
Anticholinergic medications interfere with the actions of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which relays signals between brain cells to promote memory, attention, and many … Read More
Tooth Loss and Dementia
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, March 8, links tooth loss with a greater risk for developing dementia. The study included 1,566 seniors, 180 of whom developed some type of dementia. Compared with participants who had 20 or more teeth, those with … Read More
New Theory for Parkinson’s Development.
For years it’s been thought that the toxic protein alpha-synuclein, associated with development of Parkinson’s disease, spread from nerve cell to nerve cell. New findings, however, propose that the protein spreads throughout the body at the same time, affecting different parts of the nervous system to … Read More