Hearing Loss as a Risk Factors for Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Disease


Detection of dementia at the earliest stages has become a worldwide scientific priority because drug treatments, prevention strategies and other interventions will likely be more effective very early in the disease process, before extensive brain damage has occurred. Research results reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017 provide clues about associations between cognitive status in older people and several behavior and lifestyle factors, including verbal skill, hearing, and hospitalization. “It is essential that we learn more about factors that indicate or impact risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, especially lifestyle factors that we can change or treat,” said Maria C. Carrillo, PhD, Alzheimer’s Association Chief Science Officer.

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How Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Affects You


You remember seeing the signs. But soon, the little things progressively became undeniable. When the doctor’s diagnosis came back as Alzheimer’s disease, you were stunned. The task now is caring for your loved one. Specialists and caregivers will tell you, this is not easy. Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss affect not only the person diagnosed;...

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How To Help An Adult Who Is Living With Bipolar Disorder


Bipolar disorder affects millions of Americans, and while it is often associated with young people, it can be found in adults as well. Sometimes called manic depression, bipolar disorder affects emotions and behavior and can lead to manic states, during which behavior is unpredictable and can include recklessness, outbursts or periods of rage, outrageous demands, substance abuse, and...

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Caregiver Depression: A Very Real, Very Common Concern


Caring for a family member or friend who is living with a memory disorder is a labor of love. The decision to do so is made for many reasons, most often because loved ones feel a deep emotional need to embark on this often rewarding, but challenging pursuit. While it can feel very good to...

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10 Tips for Maintaining Your Brain


Most of us know the importance of regular exercise to keep the body fit, but how many can say we put equal emphasis on exercising our brains? “It’s more important than you think,” said Beverly Sanborn, LCSW, gerontologist and Belmont Village VP of programs. “Just as we build muscle strength to keep our bodies fit, we...

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