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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10/6/2017
One Type of Dementia Is Especially Costly

Annual bills for this early onset disease twice as high as for Alzheimer's, study says

10/5/2017
High Blood Pressure and Dementia

Women who develop high blood pressure in mid-adulthood at increased risk of dementia, study finds

10/4/2017
High Blood Pressure in 40s a Dementia Risk for Women?

Study didn't find same link in men

9/29/2017
A More Accurate Predictor for Alzheimer's?

Genetic test might one day diagnose the disease before symptoms occur, researchers say

9/29/2017
Failing Sense of Smell Tied to Dementia Risk

Long-term study suggests inability to identify scents may be early sign of problems

9/20/2017
High, Low Levels of Magnesium Linked to Dementia Risk

But study didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship

9/5/2017
Is Dementia Declining Among Older Americans?

Rates have fallen among those 70 and older; gains against heart disease might explain trend

8/24/2017
Sleep and Dementia Risk

People who get less REM sleep may be at increased risk of dementia, study finds.

8/23/2017
Do Fewer Nightly Dreams Mean Higher Dementia Risk in Seniors?

For every 1 percent drop in sleep's REM phase, a 9 percent jump in odds for thinking, memory troubles, study found

8/22/2017
Dementia Care: A Huge Financial Burden for U.S. Families

Annual costs may top $320,000, study estimates

8/21/2017
Lower Blood Pressure Best for Seniors' Minds

And study found that healthy reductions may benefit blacks even more than whites

8/18/2017
Popular Heartburn Drugs Don't Raise Risk of Alzheimer's: Study

Researchers say proton pump inhibitors like Nexium or Prilosec not linked to dementia

8/18/2017
'Confusion' Complicates Hospitalization of Elderly

Stays are often two weeks longer, British study says

8/7/2017
Blood Pressure Fluctuations Tied to Dementia Risk in Study

But the research only found an association, not cause-and-effect connection

8/7/2017
Midlife Behaviors May Affect Your Dementia Risk

Of greatest importance are diabetes, blood pressure and smoking, researchers say

8/6/2017
Study Links Moderate Drinking to Reduced Risk of Dementia

But finding comes with cautions against excessive alcohol use over extended periods

8/3/2017
Traveling With Dementia: Tips for Family Caregivers

Stick to familiar routines, advises Alzheimer's Foundation

7/31/2017
Moving From 'Stroke Belt' Doesn't Undo Higher Dementia Risk

Study found odds for mental decline still higher for those born in certain southeastern U.S. states

7/26/2017
Noninvasive Brain Test May Pinpoint Type of Dementia

In small study, electrical currents helped distinguish Alzheimer's from another form of brain trouble

7/25/2017
Nearly All Autopsied NFL Players Show Trauma-Linked Brain Disease

No position on the football field seemed to confer protection, study says

7/20/2017
Targeting 9 Risk Factors Could Prevent 1 in 3 Dementia Cases: Study

Reducing mid-life hearing loss might make the biggest difference

7/18/2017
Special Training Plus Medication Might Help People With Advanced Alzheimer's

Skills lost, such as dressing or bathing, can potentially be relearned, small study suggests

7/18/2017
Can Poor Sleep Boost Odds for Alzheimer's?

Studies found sleep apnea tied to higher levels of tell-tale plaques, proteins in brain

7/17/2017
Can Daily Crossword Protect You From Dementia?

Regular puzzlers score better on tests of mental function, study finds

7/16/2017
One Social Hour a Week Can Help Someone With Dementia

Good staff training improved patients' quality of life, lowered costs, study says

7/13/2017
Boxers, MMA Fighters May Face Long-Term Harm to Brain: Study

Researchers find head injuries from fighting cause brain changes that might spur troubles later in life

7/5/2017
Severe Head Injury May Raise Dementia Risk Years Later

Threat even higher when injury occurs in middle age, study reveals

6/29/2017
Slowed Walking, Shrinking Brain?

Seniors whose pace dropped showed shrinkage in brain region linked to memory, spatial orientation

6/28/2017
Popular Heartburn Meds Don't Raise Alzheimer's Risk: Study

New research debunks other studies suggesting that medications used to treat ulcers, reflux cause mental decline

6/26/2017
Boozing Can Age You Right Down to Your Cells

DNA studies reveal alcoholics have shorter telomeres, key markers of aging and overall health

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