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Dementia News

I found interesting articles concerning dementia that I wanted to share. I am also including a video at the end of this post that you need to see if you haven’t already, it lets you see what it is like to have dementia and try to complete simple tasks. Every family member MUST see this!

Articles

Adult Asthma Linked to Higher Dementia Risk – WebMD

http://www.webmd.com/ Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:17:42 -0700

People with asthma, particularly older ones, face a greater risk of getting dementia, a new study suggests.

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Interesting study that I feel supports the inflammation of the brain that participates in the development of dementia. Asthma causes a lack of oxygen in the blood stream and therefore, the brain suffers as a result of lack of oxygen, this results in an inflammatory response.

 

 

Is It Really Dementia? – NYTimes.com

http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/ Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:22:48 -0700

Maybe it’s not dementia. And sometimes, thankfully, it is indeed some other problem, something that mimics the cognitive destruction of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia — but, unlike them, is fixable. “It probably …

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This article supports the importance of proper diagnosis of dementia. It is estimated that 15 to 25%
of people that present with memory loss have a reversible process that is causing the memory loss.
For more information, see http://dementiacaregiver.org

 

Brain Injuries in Older Age and Dementia Risk – WebMD

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/homemade-dog-food?page=3 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:15:21 -0700

“Or to spin it more positively, the younger brain may be more resilient to mild traumatic brain injury or may take longer to show symptoms of dementia,” she added. Whatever the case, she believes the findings should spur …

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This study is interesting. The most important part of the article is the following: “At 55 and older, moderate to severe brain injury was associated with increased risk of dementia. But by 65 and older, even mild brain injury increased the dementia risk, the study authors said”.  Think about how often older people fall…..are we doing enough to help prevent brain injuries to the elderly?

 

 

Can General Anesthesia Trigger Dementia? – Scientific …

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind-guest-blog/ Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:00:00 -0700

Most evidence suggests that receiving general anesthesia during the course of surgery does not increase the likelihood of developing lasting dementia. Yet it is clear something is going on: Recent experiments on animals …

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This is a good article and I can speak from experience that people do develop noticeable symptoms of dementia after general anesthesia. Many of the Veterans admitted to my dementia unit developed noticeable symptoms that caused their families to take them to their Provider for diagnosis. Does it happen to everyone, NO, but the other thing that is important to realize is that if your loved one with dementia needs a surgical procedure, see if it can be done under local anesthesia and not a general. My patients that fell and broke a hip that then underwent a general anesthetic never came back to me the same. The cognitive decline was extreme.

 

 

Walnuts May Help Prevent Dementia, Alzheimer’s – CBN.com

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/feed/ Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:00:00 -0700

Eating walnuts could help keep your brain healthy as you get older because they may help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s. According to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, walnuts contain healthy ingredients, like …

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Walnuts have omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants that are good for your brain. Obviously, these studies were done in mice but should now move to human study.  If you like walnuts, eat them!

 

 

Dementia breakthrough – Daily Express

http://www.express.co.uk/ Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:01:00 -0700

KEEPING the brain active and eating a healthy diet are the best ways to protect against dementia in old age, say experts.

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This study was about keeping the brain active from middle age and to ensure a diet packed with health-boosting vegetables, fruits and nuts. A lot of people do crossword puzzles and many other brain teasers to keep themselves sharp. This study indicates that adding to your vocabulary does the same. They also mention walnuts as brain food, so to speak.

 

 

What to do about dementia? Advice for the adviser – InvestmentNews (blog)

http://news.google.com Mon, 03 Nov 2014 05:08:16 GMT

What to do about dementia? Advice for the adviserInvestmentNews (blog)If a person develops dementia, she faces two significant risks. First, and most obvious, the cost of care can be very high. Second, a person with dementia can make costly financial …

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This is a good article that supports the need for early diagnosis and then getting legal matters taken care of, such as naming a financial DPOA and a DPOA for medical making decisions. (DPOA stna

 

 Video

Experience 12 Minutes In Alzheimer’s Dementia

Just what is a loved one with dementia going through? A 12-minute virtual Alzheimer’s tour reveals more than you ever imagined. (To see the original ABC vide…

 

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Powerful video. Every family member should see this.

 

Always remember, what you do today impacts your risk of developing dementia. If you smoke, STOP; if you drink alcohol to excess, STOP; exercise and eat right; expand your vocabulary on a daily basis.

 

 

 

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I am a retired Primary Care Physician that has a passion for teaching people about the various forms of dementia and how to care for your loved one suffering with dementia. I spent several years of my career caring for residents at a VA facility living on the Alzheimer's Unit. I produced "The Dementia Caregiver Video Course" that takes you from the workup for dementia, through the various challenges you will face in caring for someone with dementia, to end of life issues.

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