About one-third of adults age 65 and older are family caregivers, many of whom are looking after relatives with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Unfortunately, dementia care can be a heavy load for caregivers. The stress of looking after someone with dementia can take its toll, particularly as
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Anyone who has seen the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a loved one knows it’s a devastating condition—one that that compromises not only the ability to remember and to think but to take care of oneself. But what is Alzheimer’s?
The Alzheimer’s Association provides a direct and stark definition of
As you get older, it’s natural to be concerned about the possibility that you or a loved one will begin showing signs of dementia. In fact, among adults who are age 65 or older, one in nine will develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to the Alzheimer’s Association. How can you
If you were to look only at the record of pharmaceutical interventions against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the picture would be bleak. “’The history of the results of clinical trials has been a history of disappointment,” says Keith Fargo, PhD, director of scientific programs and outreach for
Experts estimate that scientists have learned more about the human brain in the last decade than in all the previous centuries. But this scientific adventure is just beginning, as never before has so much science been focused on exploring the secrets of the brain. Grants from the National Institutes of
Do you keep losing your keys, forgetting where you parked your car, or drawing a blank on names of people you just met? Maybe you can’t remember where you left your wallet more often than you’d care to admit. Such lapses of memory tend to get people of a certain
Looking for a diet that might help you preserve your brain function as you get older? You might consider the so-called MIND diet. “MIND” stands for “Mediterranean-DASH-diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.” Scientists developed it by combining features from those healthy dietary patterns—the Mediterranean-style diet and DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to
It is never too late to make changes in your lifestyle that can have far-reaching health benefits. The human body can be amazingly resilient, capable of bouncing back from past damage or injury in many instances. Your body can become healthier and more fit at any stage in life if
Combining physical exercise with video games can help boost motivation when it comes to getting enough physical activity, but “exergaming” isn’t just for kids—it may benefit adults, too. In a recent small study, older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who played exergames—video games that double as exercise—experienced improvements when
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common of the various types of dementia and has become something of a “catch-all” term for severe cognitive impairment, but it isn’t the only type of dementia to which older adults are vulnerable.
“Figuring out which type a person has is important, since the drug treatments that