With All the Fear About Dementia, Don’t Overlook These Basic Tips on How to Live a “Brain-Healthy” Lifestyle

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the topics we write about most often on the AgingOptions blog (including this article from just last week).  Few topics generate more interest and more worry than dementia, especially since the statistics sound so alarming: roughly 6 million people are affected today (not counting family and friends), a figure which…

Pathological Evidence But No Symptoms: Neurologist Says It’s Time to Re-Think the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Many people probably know that there are specific signs in the brain that indicate the presence of Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors look for telltale evidence in the form of deposits called plaques and nerve clusters called tangles – “the fingerprints of Alzheimer’s disease” – that, when discovered, should mean cognitive decline is imminent, if not already…

Major Study in Britain Shows Significant Link Between Obesity in Middle Age and Later Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

A study of more than 1 million women in Great Britain has shown a significant link between obesity in middle age and later development of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. That’s according to this article from the HealthDay website published just a few weeks ago. The article, written by reporter Dennis Thompson, provides…

Females Outscore Males on Memory Tests, And That May Result in Women with Mild Cognitive Impairment Being Misdiagnosed

Alzheimer’s disease remains the biggest fear many of us have about growing older, but for most people with dementia, the symptoms did not show up all at once. Instead they started appearing gradually, often in the form of what physicians refer to as MCI, or mild cognitive impairment. This condition, regarded as a precursor to…

Celebrating the Holidays with Dementia: How to Make a Loved One Feel Involved and at Home When the Family Gets Together

The Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone and we’re well into December, which means holiday gatherings are finding their way onto the calendar. For the families of nearly 6 million Americans, these otherwise happy occasions come with an added emotional burden: they have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, and as much as they want…

The Challenge of Being a Dementia Caregiver: Eight Things No One Tells You About Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

We’ve said it many times before: there may be no tougher task than being a caregiver for a loved one suffering with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Being a dementia caregiver is an experience shared by more than 16 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, men and women who provide unpaid…

New Research on Walking Speed Shows the Slower You Walk at Age 45, the Faster Your Brain and Body May Be Aging

For years, scientists have been searching for a definitive test to predict whether someone is likely to develop dementia, but results have been inconclusive. However, now a newly-published study suggests that researchers may have found an important clue, in an unlikely source. The question is, do people want to be tested – and once diagnosed…

As Tech-Savvy Seniors Show Signs of Cognitive Decline, When is it Time to Take Away the Smartphone?

One of the biggest dilemmas facing adult children involves dealing with a parent’s initial signs of cognitive decline. At first, it’s easy to dismiss mom’s forgetfulness or dad’s angry outbursts, but over time it becomes clear that things aren’t what they used to be. Faced with this situation, the adult kids encounter a host of…

Another Reason to Eat Right and Exercise: Hardening of the Arteries Shown to Increase the Likelihood of Developing Dementia

Last year, we brought you important news about a study linking healthy arteries and a healthy brain. That study, which was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, is the kind of report that should give us all a greater incentive to eat right, exercise and watch our blood pressure. Researchers have found convincing evidence…

Searching for the Simplest Way to Delay and Even Reverse Cognitive Decline? Get Out and Take a Walk!

Here at AgingOptions we always like stories that offer simple solutions to complex problems, and this article which we originally brought to your attention late last year is a good example. Many studies in recent years have shown a clear connection between a healthy body and a healthy brain. But in late 2018 we reported…