Dementia News

People who have dementia experience a gradual worsening in the ability to think clearly, and this affects their day to day life. Rather than being a medical condition in and of itself, "dementia" is a term used to describe a range of symptoms, including impairments in memory, reason and judgment, visual perception, communication, language and focus. The symptoms of dementia can be present with various medical conditions, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease.

Causes and Types of Dementia

Dementia develops because of damage to the cells in the brain, which can occur for a variety of reasons. Some people assume that dementia is a natural part of getting older, but that is not the case. Though some age-related forgetfulness is to be expected, if it becomes serious and affects daily life, the person should be seen by a doctor and treated for a medical condition.

Some forms of dementia are irreversible. This includes Alzheimer’s disease, ischemic vascular dementia, Parkinson’s dementia and others. In some cases, however, the symptoms of dementia can be reversed. For example, some people begin to develop dementia symptoms because of their use of certain medications, emotional distress, nutritional deficiencies or other problems. Often, correcting these problems with the body and mind can lead to an improvement in the symptoms of dementia.

Treatment of Dementia

Following an overall healthy lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, not smoking and staying socially and mentally active are all steps that might play a role in preventing dementia. Once dementia is present, treatment may be able to keep the disease from progressing as rapidly. Medications are available to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other irreversible dementias. In addition, treating any other health problems that are present may help with dementia, as well.

SOURCES: Alzheimer’s Association; Family Caregiver Alliance

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6/22/2017
Lifestyle Changes Might Prevent or Slow Dementia

The public should be aware of this encouraging research, expert says

6/13/2017
Sticky Brain 'Plaques' Implicated in Alzheimer's Again

Researchers believe these substances form in early stages of the memory-robbing disease

6/2/2017
'Making the Best of It': Families Face the Heavy Burden of Alzheimer's

With U.S. cases expected to triple to 16 million by 2050, support for caregivers desperately needed

5/15/2017
Study Looks at Parkinson's Effect on Life Span

2-year difference seen between people with degenerative brain diseases and their healthy peers

5/12/2017
Blood Thinners May Prevent Dementia in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Even people with a low risk of stroke could benefit, researchers say

5/9/2017
Wives, Daughters Shoulder Most of Alzheimer's Care Burden

Careers, finances may take a hit because of caregiving demands, researchers say

5/2/2017
Loving, Supportive Kids May Help Lower Seniors' Dementia Risk

But negative relationships with children, spouse increased chances, study finds

4/27/2017
'Brain Age' May Help Predict When You'll Die

An 'older' mind is linked to signs of physical and mental problems, study contends

4/25/2017
Mid-Life Exercise Could Jog Your Memory

Combination of aerobic, resistance training best for boosting brain health, study finds

4/21/2017
Diet Soda and Health Risks

Artificially-sweetened beverages linked to stroke and dementia in new study.

4/20/2017
Could a Zap to the Brain Jog Failing Memory?

Deep brain stimulation appears to help, but much more research is needed, scientists say

4/20/2017
Nursing Home Program Offers Alternatives to Antipsychotic Drugs

New method helped quell undesirable behavior by recognizing dementia patients' unmet needs

4/11/2017
A Healthy Middle-Aged Heart May Protect Your Brain Later

Dementia expert says take up heart-healthy habits sooner rather than later

4/5/2017
Good Sleep Does Get Tougher With Age

Review suggests many seniors struggle to get deep, restorative slumber, adding to health problems

3/31/2017
Drug Tied to Dementia Risk Overprescribed to Seniors: Study

Lower cost might help drive doctors' choice, researchers say

3/20/2017
Vitamin E, Selenium Supplements Won't Curb Men's Dementia Risk

Brain expert says it's unlikely that any one nutrient would be a 'silver bullet'

3/10/2017
Dizzy Spells in Middle-Age Tied to Dementia Risk Later

Rapid drops in blood pressure that cause light-headedness may do serious damage, study suggests

3/7/2017
Annual Death Toll From Alzheimer's Nearly Doubles in 15 Years

Price tag hits $259 billion a year, projected to exceed $1 trillion by 2050, report finds

3/2/2017
Immune Disorders Such as MS, Psoriasis May Be Tied to Dementia Risk

Study found 20 percent higher odds for memory-robbing condition, but didn't prove cause and effect

2/22/2017
Bleeding Strokes Take Heavy Toll on Brain

Study found increased risk of dementia, depression in five years following brain attack

2/22/2017
Is Need for More Sleep a Sign of Pending Dementia?

Study finds an association but doesn't prove cause and effect

2/22/2017
Unhealthy in Middle Age, Dementia in Old Age?

Diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking may set you up for Alzheimer's, research suggests

2/15/2017
Small Study Uncovers Brain Disease in Former Soccer Players

Autopsies show evidence of CTE, the degenerative condition linked to repetitive head trauma

1/30/2017
Busy Minds May Be Better at Fighting Dementia

Computer use, crafting, social activities and games all seem to boost brain health, study finds

1/27/2017
Lack of Exercise Might Invite Dementia

Study found being sedentary may make you as vulnerable as those whose genes put them at risk for Alzheimer's

1/25/2017
Fitter Seniors May Have Healthier Brains

Study found link between strong cardiorespiratory system and better memory

1/18/2017
Hospital-Related Delirium May Help Worsen Dementia

But disorienting condition can be treated if recognized, researchers say

1/17/2017
High Blood Pressure May Not Be All Bad in the Elderly: Study

Developing it after 80 might help prevent mental decline, research suggests

1/13/2017
Link Seen Between Concussions and Alzheimer's

But study didn't prove head injuries cause the degenerative brain disease

12/13/2016
Test Predicting Alzheimer's Would Be Welcome, Survey Finds

3 out of 4 seniors said they'd want to know

12/12/2016
Beta Blockers May Not Be Best Heart Drugs for Dementia Patients

In this group, use of the meds after a heart attack compromised quality of life, study finds

12/12/2016
Whether Statins Cut Alzheimer's Risk May Depend on Gender, Race

Type of statin used also made a difference in study, but black men did not see any benefits

12/12/2016
Was Football Safer Back in the Day?

Study found those who played in high school in 1950s and '60s don't face increased risk of dementia

12/8/2016
Alzheimer's Patients' Use of Painkilling Patches Cause for Concern

Researchers worried about long-term use together with other medications that cause drowsiness

11/30/2016
Aerobic Exercise May Help Guard Against Dementia

Study found seniors with mild cognitive impairment saw gains in thinking, memory skills after six months of workouts

11/22/2016
Dementia on the Decline?

Is your risk of dementia on the decline? New study says

11/21/2016
Fewer Americans Suffering From Dementia, Study Finds

Rates have dropped over last decade, and better education might be one reason why

11/14/2016
Some Elderly With Alzheimer's Brain Plaques Stay Sharp

Study finding raises question of whether something protected their brains

11/8/2016
Brain Scans May Improve Dementia Diagnosis, Treatment

People with Lewy body dementia generally don't lose volume in the hippocampus, study shows

10/25/2016
Study Links Disasters to Dementia

Losing home was tied to greater mental decline among elderly tsunami survivors

10/19/2016
Exercise May Help People Who Already Have Memory Loss

But effects only lasted as long as activity continued, study found

10/13/2016
Can Hormonal Rx for Prostate Cancer Raise Dementia Risk?

Study found chances doubled, but did not prove androgen deprivation caused damage to brain

10/11/2016
Sudden Drops in Blood Pressure Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

Dizziness, faintness on standing could be sign of danger to brain, but study couldn't prove cause and effect

10/11/2016
Mars-Bound Astronauts Could Face Dementia Risk, Study Contends

Research with rodents suggests injury to brain from cosmic rays

10/10/2016
Animal Study Hints at Gene Therapy's Possible Promise for Alzheimer's

But the research is very preliminary and much work remains to be done, U.K. researchers say

10/10/2016
High Blood Pressure May Hike Dementia Risk

New statement from American Heart Association warns of link

10/10/2016
Study Finds Fault With ICU Treatment of Dementia Patients

Hospitals put too many on ventilators, adding to their suffering and treatment costs, researchers say

9/15/2016
31 Million Older Americans Aren't Getting Enough Exercise

Inactivity boosts their risk for falls, broken bones, serious disease and early death, CDC warns

8/30/2016
Fallout From 9/11 May Include Early Dementia

WTC first responders who developed PTSD seem at greater risk of mental decline, study finds

8/26/2016
Even a Little Exercise May Help Stave Off Dementia

Sedentary seniors more likely to suffer mental decline, study finds