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Catching the Signs of Mental Illness in the Elderly

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When Laurie became mentally ill, she remained blissfully unaware. She saw no reason to doubt her own sanity based on interactions with her daughter and grandchildren, who visited once a week. They treated her like they always had, and responded to her in the usual ways. Eventually, she started noticing that it took a bit more effort to make sense of the news every night. One afternoon, despite her best efforts, she couldn’t finish that newspaper crossword puzzle she had been doing for the last 15 years. But that was because she was 82 years old! And when she stopped…

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How You Can Join the Fight Against Alzheimer’s

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Every 66 seconds, another person develops Alzheimer’s disease, and it is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. With the senior population growing quickly, Alzheimer’s and dementia cases will continue to increase as well, unless researchers can find a cure. Read more below to learn how to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease.   Know the Warning Signs Detecting Alzheimer’s disease early on will allow a senior to try different treatments that boost brain cells and improve symptoms like memory loss and reasoning skills.  Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s…

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Are We Close to a Cure for Alzheimer’s?

One of the most devastating things to hear is that a senior loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Families can feel helpless as they watch the disease slowly progress and change their loved one into a completely different person. It destroys brain cells and leads to memory loss, decline in brain function, and ultimately, death. To date, there is still no cure. Over 5 million American seniors have Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is expected to increase 40 percent to reach over 7 million by 2025. As of now, there are Alzheimer’s treatments that improve symptoms like memory…

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Cognitive Decline in Seniors: Dementia and Alzheimer’s

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A recent study from the Global Burden of Disease found that between 1990 and 2013, there was a 92 percent increase in the number of dementia-related deaths and years lived with disability due to dementia. Currently, 47.5 million people worldwide suffer from dementia, and that number is expected to nearly triple by 2050. In 2015 Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia will cost the United States $226 billion. “In less than a quarter of a century we have seen a staggering increase in the number of people living with dementia globally,” said Dr. James Pickett, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s…

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Eating Well as You Age

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As seniors age, the number of health risks they face increases. Heart disease – including hypertension, vascular disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease – is the most widespread condition for seniors and the number one cause of death for those over 60. Other top health risks for seniors include cancer, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s or dementia. These health issues may be due to old age or heredity, but often times they can be prevented by one simple tool – a healthy diet. While there are medications and treatments to help the symptoms of these…

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