Tagged as Dementia

Today 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. By 2050 the number is projected to grow to nearly 14 million. Bracing against the disease, while standing alongside those diagnosed, are family and friends wrapped in an intricate web of perplexing emotion. Dementia plays out in stages. I think about - the arc of my mother’s life - as college sorority sister, to wife, mother...
Over 16 million people suffer from depression in a given year, and over 40 million struggle to cope with anxiety. Affective disorders like -depression and anxiety- have long been known to exacerbate physical illnesses such as IBD, stomach upset, and otherwise unexplained illnesses like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Researchers have now added dementia to that list. Prematurely Aging the...
Have you ever seen someone in a conversation who couldn't recall the name of a person they knew really well? Or witness someone come into a room and then forget why they entered? Many people have occassional “senior moments,” but that's not always a sign that they are getting old - memory lapses can appear at - any - age. Even though this is a phenomenon that usually occurs in older people, it doesn’t...
Dementia is a general term for an overall decline in cognitive function that includes Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies. As the disease progresses it causes memory, language, and reasoning skills to deteriorate. Although typically associated with adults over the age of 65, approximately 5% of patients develop an early-onset form of dementia...
About 5.7 million Americans currently suffer from -Alzheimer’s disease-, the most common form of dementia. Up until recently, doctors had no way of detecting the disease until symptoms had already presented and the disease was well underway. Now, -a simple blood test might be able to detect the presence of plaque-forming proteins decades in advance-, long before the disease they cause begins to develop....
Our recent news cycle has teemed with reports from the -Alzheimer’s Association International Conference- (AAIC18), an annual gathering of scientists and researchers from around the globe sharing their latest findings. I follow this news closely because of selfish worry I may develop dementia following the loss of both parents to this devastating brain disease. My middle-aged siblings and I are -children...
Silicon is atomic number 14 on the periodic table. It is a metallic-like substance and is the second most abundant element on earth after oxygen. Are you getting enough of it, though? You should, because it plays an active role in the prevention of atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries), insomnia, cholesterol , dementia and more... Health Benefits of Silicon - A 12-week study was...
Is brain degeneration avoidable? - This may be the most important health question we ever try to answer in our lifetime. One that affects over 1 billion of the world’s population. You may find this hard to believe, but -many brain diseases are caused by only 2 or 3 core issues. They are not random. They don’t just happen. What if the cure for top brain disorders and an overall healthier brain is outside...
Image source - We know a little about how to handle Alzheimer’s disease. For instance, good nutrition and exercise can prevent it. Keeping yourself mentally engaged can lead to an improvement in memory. There are also anecdotes from those who care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease that have revealed that music and storytelling can help temporarily lift the mental fog. A dramatic example of...
Whether we want to or not, we all experience stress in varying degrees. While stressful situations are a completely regular occurrence, there’s recent evidence that has shown links between chronic stress and mental health illnesses. The side effects of chronic stress commonly include depression and anxiety, as well as many other symptoms of mental health conditions. Newfound Claims Regarding Chronic...