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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.

Alzheimer's Disease News

  • Face-to-Face Contact May Beat Email, Phone for Staving Off Depression

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While your days may be filled with electronic communications, a new study suggests that face-to-face contact may have more power to keep depression at bay, at least if you are older. The research doesn’t prove that personal conversations are more valuable than email and phone calls. [...]

  • Higher-Volume Rehab Centers Better for Hip Fracture Recovery: Study

    FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seniors who break a hip receive the best care in skilled nursing facilities with the most experience handling such fractures, a new study suggests. Twenty-five cases a year was the magic number, according to lead author Pedro Gozalo, associate professor of health services, policy and practice at the School [...]

  • Depression Adds to Burden of Alzheimer’s Caregivers, Study Finds

    THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Depression increases the mental strain on people caring for loved ones recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a new study finds. The study included spouses and other family caregivers of 236 people in Finland who were diagnosed with very mild or mild Alzheimer’s disease. The caregivers were followed for three [...]

  • Retirement Might Not Agree With Your Health

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Seniors who keep working appear healthier than those who quit the workforce, new research suggests. The study of more than 83,000 Americans 65 and older found that being unemployed or retired was associated with the greatest risk of poor health, even after taking into account [...]

  • Older Adults’ Hearing Loss May Be Tied to Earlier Death

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older adults with impaired hearing may have a shorter life span than their peers without hearing problems, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 1,700 U.S. adults aged 70 and up, those with hearing loss were 21 percent to 39 percent more likely to [...]

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