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Alzheimer's Disease

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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  • A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who want to stay sharp as they age often turn to brain teasers, puzzles and games, figuring correctly that they’ll lose it if they don’t use it. But a healthy body is also key to maintaining a healthy brain, and that’s something many people tend [...]

  • Memory, Thinking Tests May Hint at Alzheimer’s Risk

    WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Mistakes made on memory and thinking tests may be early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers report. Low scores on such tests could serve as a “red flag” for the progressive brain disease up to 18 years before it can be diagnosed, the study authors added. “The changes in thinking [...]

  • Too Few Older Heart Attack Patients Get Implanted Defibrillators, Study Finds

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than one in 10 older heart attack survivors gets a potentially lifesaving implantable defibrillator, a new study finds. This small, battery-powered device sits under the skin in the chest. If the heart starts beating abnormally or stops altogether, the defibrillator shocks the heart to restore [...]

  • Even Light Activity Can Boost Seniors’ Health

    FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Regular light exercise can be as good for seniors as moderate or vigorous exercise, according to a new study. Moderate-intensity physical activity has been shown to be good for your health. But, this study suggests that seniors should also be encouraged to engage in lower-intensity activity whenever they can, [...]

  • Some Medicare Advantage Plans Raising Hospital, Nursing Care Copays

    THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Millions of older Americans with Medicare Advantage plans face large out-of-pocket costs for hospital stays and skilled nursing care, according to new research. “Policymakers are very concerned about how much Medicare beneficiaries need to spend for essential medical services,” study corresponding author Dr. Amal Trivedi, an associate professor of [...]

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