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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

  • Scientists Shed Light on Link Between Depression, Dementia

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people with depression are more likely to develop dementia, but researchers have been unable to explain the exact nature of the relationship between the two. Specifically, they haven’t been able to figure out the direction in which the relationship works — does depression help bring [...]

  • Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Spending time in a garden might help soothe the agitation that commonly strikes people with dementia, a new review suggests. Looking at 17 past studies, British researchers found evidence that watering plants, or sitting or strolling in a garden can help soothe some dementia patients’ anxiety. The [...]

  • Pacemakers Common for Those With Dementia and Irregular Heartbeats

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who have dementia and heart rhythm irregularities are more likely to get a pacemaker than people without dementia, new research has found. In fact, the study of more than 16,000 people found that those with dementia were up to 80 percent more likely to get [...]

  • Chronic Medical Conditions Can Shorten Seniors’ Lives: Study

    MONDAY, July 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) – The more chronic medical conditions people have at retirement age, the shorter their life expectancy may be, a new study claims. Since nearly four in five older Americans have multiple health issues, scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore said the findings may help explain [...]

  • Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age

    FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Seniors are more easily distracted during thinking and memory tasks than younger people, a new study finds. “Almost any type of memory test administered reveals a decline in memory from the age of 25 on,” study co-author Randi Martin, professor of psychology at Rice University, said in a university [...]

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