Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, damages parts of the brain involved in memory, intelligence, judgment, language, and behavior. Almost half of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s are between 75 and 85, although a rare, inherited form of the disease can affect people in their 40s. While the loss of cognitive ability is irreversible, the rate of disease progression varies by individual.
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Having a copy of a certain gene variant increases women’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease much more than it does for men, a new study indicates.
FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Spending a little time each week caring for grandkids may help older women stay mentally sharp, a new study finds. But there’s a potential downside: Taking care of the grandkids five days a week or more may have a negative impact on brain power, the researchers reported. The study included [...]
By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The scourge of dementia may come with a silver lining: Those with declining memory and thinking skills may be significantly less likely to die from cancer, new research indicates. Analyzing more than 2,600 Spaniards over the age of 65, scientists found that people experiencing the fastest [...]
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many elderly people tend to be less outgoing the older they get, but those with hearing loss may become even more socially isolated, according to a new study. Researchers in Sweden cautioned that hearing loss could affect older people’s well-being. Therefore, diagnosing hearing loss and treating the condition with [...]
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regular aerobic workouts increase the size of the brain’s memory area in older women and may help slow the progression of dementia, according to a small new study. It included 86 women, aged 70 to 80, who had mild memory problems, also known as “mild cognitive impairment,” which researchers [...]