About 5.4 million Americans are thought to have some degree of dementia, and its destructive effects on our cognitive abilities come at huge cost to our overall wellbeing, and that of our loved ones. “The decline in reasoning and memory that accompanies dementia impairs our ability to carry out everyday
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Over a lifespan, celiac disease symptoms tend to shift from primarily gastrointestinal ones in children (diarrhea, bloating, pain) to “non-classical” or “subclinical” ones in adults (fatigue, anemia, arthritis, and numbness/tingling in the fingers and toes). Non-classical symptoms can make celiac disease harder to spot, particularly if a patient has other
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is turning into a true epidemic. Today, more than 5 million Americans live with the effects of this disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and the numbers are climbing. By 2050, nearly 14 million people over age 65 will have developed Alzheimer’s. The cost of caring for
A good deal of research has been done to try to pinpoint who is at greatest risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease. Simply getting older raises your risk, but age alone does not mean a slow decline toward dementia. Beyond age, there are certain factors that may further increase risk. Most
Studies show that one of the greatest health fears among older Americans is the fear of losing their minds to dementia in their later years. Yet despite the dread associated with the term, many people have difficulty answering the question, what is dementia?
Learning more about this condition may help provide
Depression in seniors, especially in advanced ages, is a much more common and widespread problem than may be realized. It shouldn’t, however, be accepted as a normal part of aging because it isn’t normal. In the extreme, depression can lead to suicide. The rate of suicide increases with age, particularly