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Memory Loss: When to be Worried and How to Help

When keys are so easy to lose, there’s no need to panic when you or your elderly loved one misplaces them. The same goes for forgetting names or mixing up words. Everyone can forget an appointment, forget that one word “on the tip of their tongue” or become easily distracted. But for the 5.5 million Americans inflicted by Alzheimer’s disease, others affected by one of the 70 types of dementia and the families that love them, these signs of memory loss may trigger significant worry. There is a difference between normal age-related memory loss and serious memory impairment. As we…

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The Top Brain Power Foods for Seniors

It’s no secret that a healthy diet contributes to a healthy body, but eating nutritious foods can also lower the risk of cognitive decline as we age. A team of researchers recently found that elderly people who consumed the most nutritious food lowered their risk of cognitive decline by nearly 25 percent, compared to those with the least healthy diets. “It is likely that a healthy diet has effects on cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascular disease, and that this is an important mechanism for reducing the risk of cognitive decline,” said the study’s lead author, Andrew Smyth, a researcher at…

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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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