Behavior changes like confusion, wandering, repetitive questioning and arguing are among the most visible, disruptive and distressing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. These symptoms, which are a challange to physcians, also affect the patient’s quality of life and that of the family caregiver.
Dealing with these symptoms are especially challanging since many medications carry significant risks and have been found to be relatively ineffective.
Two new studies help clarify the role that certain vitamins may play in the onset of cognitive decline, including risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Elderly women whose husbands have dementia have a 400% higher risk of developing dementia while, older men living with wives who have dementia have an almost 1200% increased risk for developing dementia, a new study shows.
Some antipsychotic drugs carry a bigger risk of death than others for dementia patients. The risk varies depending on the drug, according to new research publsihed in the British Medical Journal.
Higher levels of adiponectin, a hormone derived from visceral fat, may indicate a woman's increased risk of both all-cause dementia and Alzheimer'sdisease, according to new research reported in the Jan. 2 issue of the Archives of Neurology.
A decline in memory and cognitive (thinking) function is considered by many authorities to be a normal consequence of aging. While age-related cognitive decline (ARCD) is therefore not considered a disease, authorities differ on whether ARCD is in part related to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia or whether it is a distinct entity.
People with ARCD experience deterioration in memory and learning, attention and concentration, thinking, use of language, and other mental functions.
According to the World Alzheimer Report, an estimated 35.6 million people worldwide will be living with dementia in 2010. This is a 10 per cent increase over previous global dementia prevalence reported in 2005 in The Lancet.
Older men living with wives who have dementia have an almost 1200% increased risk for developing dementia, while elderly women whose husbands have dementia have a 400% higher risk of developing dementia, a new study on dementia shows.
Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than seniors who retain their hearing according to new research published in the February Archives of Neurology. The findings, the researchers say, could lead to new ways to combat dementia, a condition that affects millions of people worldwide and carries heavy financial and societal burdens.
If one of your parents has Alzheimer’s disease you are four to 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, and the chances of inheriting Alzheimer’s disease from your mother is even higher than from your father according to a new Alzheimer’s Disease study published in the March 1, 2011, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.