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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FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A study of more than 1,400 Italian seniors finds links between patterns of coffee consumption and their risk for “mild cognitive impairment” — declines in memory and thinking that are often a precursor to dementia. The study could only point to associations, not cause-and-effect, the investigators said. But prior [...]
FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Extremely hot weather can be deadly if you don’t take the proper precautions, an expert warns. There were 123 heat-related deaths in the United States in 2014, according to the National Weather Service. “People suffer heat-related illnesses when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves,” Dr. Richard [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than 50 million Americans live with a disability, health officials reported Thursday. The most common disabilities are mobility limitations, such as having serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs — affecting one in eight adults — followed by disabilities in thinking and/or memory, independent living, seeing [...]
THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Only one-third of American seniors with diabetes have their disease under control, a new study finds. “This research gives us a good picture of diabetes control in older adults and gets us thinking about what it means that older Americans are not meeting clinical targets and how we should [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a rare piece of good news about the U.S. health care system, a new study finds that deaths, hospital stays and spending are all falling among older Americans. Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional [...]