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Posts tagged "Dementia"

Alzheimer’s Patients Taking Antipsychotic Drugs Suffer Cranial Injury Risk

New research from the University of Eastern Finland published Jan. 7 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that antipsychotic medications were associated with a 29% increased risk of head injuries and a 22% increased risk of traumatic brain injuries in Alzheimer’s patients. While a connection between antipsychotics and increased fall risk in … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Patients Taking Antipsychotic Drugs Suffer Cranial Injury Risk

Fruits and Vegetables Offer Hope for Alzheimer’s Prevention

There’s some promising news on the Alzheimer’s front – higher consumption of fruits, vegetables, and their derivatives such as tomato sauce, olive oil, and wine may help prevent Alzheimer’s dementia. Published in the journal Neurology in January, the study followed dementia-free volunteers from the Rush Memory and Aging Project, a community-based project of Rush University … Continue reading Fruits and Vegetables Offer Hope for Alzheimer’s Prevention

Dementia Life Expectancy Tool Promises Benefit for Patients and Providers

Researchers from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden’s largest academic medical research center, along with researchers from the Netherlands, have developed a set of screening tests as a Dementia life expectancy tool that they report can accurately predict the life expectancy of a dementia patient within three years of diagnosis. The tools are intended to help healthcare providers … Continue reading Dementia Life Expectancy Tool Promises Benefit for Patients and Providers

Lancet Dementia Study Ties Physical Fitness to a Healthier Mind

A Lancet dementia study conducted by Norweigan researchers has found that persistently poor cardiorespiratory physical fitness is a risk factor for dementia and death due to dementia. While other studies have found a link between physical fitness and decreased dementia risk, the Lancet dementia study published in Nov. 2019, is the first study to measure … Continue reading Lancet Dementia Study Ties Physical Fitness to a Healthier Mind

Milken Institute Dementia Study Shows Cases Doubling By 2040

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is expected to double to approximately 13 million by 2040, according to research from the Milken Institute, a nonprofit, non-partisan think tank headquartered in Santa Monica, California. The Milken Institute Dementia study serves as an expansive prediction of the rate of dementia in the … Continue reading Milken Institute Dementia Study Shows Cases Doubling By 2040

Lewy Body Dementia Trials Initiated at Georgetown University

Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, is currently enrolling for three drug trials of potential new treatments for Lewy body dementia. Although it affects the lives of an estimated 1.4 million Americans and their families and is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, many healthcare providers are unfamiliar with Lewy … Continue reading Lewy Body Dementia Trials Initiated at Georgetown University

Holistic Approaches More Effective Than Drugs for Some Dementia Behaviors

Recent research indicates that holistic non-drug interventions are more clinically effective than medication in treating physical aggression and physical agitation in individuals with dementia. Published October 14 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the study was led by researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto and the University of Calgary, both in Canada. … Continue reading Holistic Approaches More Effective Than Drugs for Some Dementia Behaviors

Seniors with Dementia Face More Health Challenges at Home

Despite the perception that elderly Americans typically spend their last days in nursing homes, the reality is that most seniors today are aging in place in their own homes. Medicaid spending on home-based and community care has outpaced spending on institutionalized care and in 2015, for instance, nearly 60 percent of individuals with dementia (memory … Continue reading Seniors with Dementia Face More Health Challenges at Home

Comprehensive Approach to Dementia Care Helps Patients and Family

Good news on the memory care front – when it comes to Alzheimer’s and related dementias, quality of care can improve quality of life for patients and family caregivers alike according to a new study published this summer. Dementia is a syndrome affecting memory, thinking, and language which is caused most commonly by Alzheimer’s disease … Continue reading Comprehensive Approach to Dementia Care Helps Patients and Family

At Long Last, New Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease?

At first glance, there seems to be no good news and little reason for hope when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease. Currently 5.7 million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer’s at an annual cost to the nation of $227 billion. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States overall, and the fifth … Continue reading At Long Last, New Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease?