“Caring, Reassuring and Sensible” – We Revisit a Simple Idea to Help Comfort Your Loved Ones with Dementia

We love to run across news stories that show how the simplest of ideas can have a tremendous impact, and that’s how we felt some months back as we read this heart-warming article published earlier this year on the BBC News website.   We thought it would be a good article to bring back and share…

A women perplexed by retirement finances

Be Careful What You’re Taking: These Widely-Used Medications can Mimic – and Even Trigger – Dementia

A class of drugs that is taken by as many as one in four older adults has recently been shown to cause symptoms that mimic dementia. Now doctors are wondering whether long-term exposure to these medications can trigger symptoms of cognitive impairment that may prove irreversible. Medications that Mimic Dementia are Widely Prescribed We read…

Is it time to fire your doctor?

AgingOptions Follow-Up Story: Quick and Easy Neck Scan Can Predict Dementia, New Study Finds

Late last year we ran this article on the AgingOptions blog that described new research showing a strong connection between hardening of the arteries and dementia. The study showed conclusive evidence that poor arterial health can increase the risk of cognitive decline by as much as 60 percent. Then a short time later came this…

Wall Street Journal Report: Financial Institutions are Monitoring Older Customers to Detect Cognitive Decline

If you have an older loved one in your life who is still managing his or her own finances, you’re probably on constant lookout for any signs that he or she is “starting to slip” – in other words, that they are suffering from cognitive impairment. If this concern is causing you stress, it might…

New Netflix Documentary Reveals that Dementia – “The Most Horrible of Diseases” – is Also One of the Most Misunderstood

A new documentary on dementia has just premiered this past week on Netflix¸ and it’s sure to attract a lot of attention. We haven’t seen it yet, but we did discover this article about the documentary on the Newsweek website. The article features an interview about the disease with Dr. John DenBoer, a dementia researcher…

Tech for Seniors: New Technological Advances Can Help Cure Loneliness, Keep Dementia Patients at Home

New uses for technology keep cropping up every day, it seems. Here at AgingOptions we’ve just discovered two recent articles that provide new promises of tech benefits for seniors. One article gives evidence that today’s technology may play an important role in helping to reduce the epidemic of senior loneliness in our society, while the…

AgingOptions Follow-up: Alzheimer’s Association Recommends a Cognitive Assessment for All Seniors, but Some Experts Aren’t So Sure

About a month ago we told you about this featured report on National Public Radio concerning screening for dementia. Why, the report asked, is testing for cognitive impairment not being administered to everyone age 65 and older? We thought about the NPR report a few days ago when we discovered this related story on the…

Is It Really Alzheimer’s Disease? Other Forms of Dementia May Be Less Common but They Are Still Devastating

We just discovered a provocative news article from National Public Radio that sheds some important light on the increasing problem of cognitive decline. “In the U.S.,” NPR reports, “older people with dementia are usually told they have Alzheimer’s disease. But a range of other brain diseases can also impair thinking and memory and judgment.” That’s…

Is it time to fire your doctor?

NPR Report: Doctors Routinely Test Patients for Blood Pressure and Cholesterol – so Why So Little Screening for Dementia?

We were surprised just a few days ago by a news story on National Public Radio revealing a disturbing statistic: barely one in every seven seniors is getting routine, regular screening for cognitive impairment. This is in spite of the fact that almost every primary care physician surveyed – and a huge majority of patients…