According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people over 65. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death.
It’s been known for years that poor dental health increases a person’s risk for heart disease. In the recent past, poor dental health has been mentioned as a possible risk for Alzheimer’s disease, as well. Now, a large and lengthy study has confirmed a probable correlation between poor dental hygiene and dementia.
A recent AARP survey discovered that 93% of Americans find maintaining brain health to be very important, however very few know the best ways to make this happen. When asked how to maintain brain health, results showed that many of the methods that are scientifically proven to improve or maintain brain health ranked as low priority areas for most respondents.
Many of us have become aware that prescription medications such as Ativan, Xanax and Klonopin may have serious side effects including memory issues. These drugs, which are generally prescribed for anxiety, can possibly increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease since they are in a class known as anticholinergic drugs. They work by blocking a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine in the nervous system.
...The group that consumed the flavanol-rich diet scored significantly higher on memory tests than the group placed on the low-flavanol diet. The tests that were given to the volunteers measured the type of memory skills that people need in order to remember where they parked their car or to recall faces of people that they've recently met.
In Part 1 of this interview with Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., who is president and medical director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and a clinical associate professor of integrative medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, we learned about how chronic stress affects our brains.
Throughout past centuries, meditation has been used as a method for staying centered and spiritually connected, which in turn reduces chronic stress. This connectedness is often called spiritual fitness. It's known that chronic stress is a risk factor for Alzheimer's. Could spiritual fitness, along with diet, exercise, brain fitness and socialization be a path to reducing our Alzheimer’s risk? Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., who is president and medical director of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and a clinical associate professor of integrative medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, thinks so.
People with mild cognitive impairment are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than the general population. Therefore, study findings suggest that while lowering stress is good for all of us, it’s vital for those who have MCI to keep stress levels low in order to decrease their risk of developing full-blown Alzheimer’s disease.
As people age, surgery becomes a greater risk to their overall health than it is for younger people. Older people often have less robust immune systems so they are more at risk for general infections and they are more at risk for pneumonia. However, one of the most frightening risks for older people is post-surgical delirium.
It’s been known for years that women are more at risk for Alzheimer’s disease than men but the reasons haven’t been clear. Now there’s even more evidence of gender differences. A new study has found that among those who've been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), women show a much faster rate of memory loss than men. The 2015 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference took place recently in Washington, D.C. While many topics were covered, including some drugs that are showing promise, this study about women has attracted its share of attention.