Multilingual people have advantages in avoiding dementia, reveals study

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease continue to afflict older people and put strains on their families. A new study suggests that learning foreign languages may offer a way to keep one’s brain healthy into older adulthood

Multilingual people have advantages in avoiding dementia, reveals studyWant to maintain a good memory? Learning multiple languages could help, according to a recent report. Researchers from the University of Waterloo recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, to explore the association between multilingualism and dementia risk. To do so, they examined 325 Roman Catholic nuns who were members of […]

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Five common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s busted

On World Alzheimer’s Day, the Alzheimer’s Society (UK) puts five common misconceptions about the disease to rest

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Five common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s busted  Dementia describes a group of symptoms that include a decline in memory and cognitive abilities. There are a number of conditions labelled as dementias, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia just affects your memory When people think of the word dementia, then tend to also think of memory problems, but it’s […]

Anaemia may increase dementia risk, reveals study

Having haemoglobin levels that are low, or high, are tied to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia

Anaemia may increase dementia risk, reveals studyA new study confirms earlier reports that anaemia – a condition caused by having too little haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells – increases the risk for dementia. It found that having high haemoglobin levels does so as well. Dutch researchers looked at 12,305 people without dementia at the start of the study, […]

Good heart health at age 50 linked to lower dementia risk later in life

Good cardiovascular health at age 50 is associated with a lower risk of dementia later in life, finds a study of British adults published by The BMJ today

Good heart health at age 50 linked to lower dementia risk later in lifeThe researchers say their findings support public health policies to improve cardiovascular health in middle age to promote later brain health. Dementia is a progressive disease that can start to develop 15-20 years before any symptoms appear, so identifying factors that might prevent its onset is important. The American Heart Association’s ‘Life Simple 7’ cardiovascular […]

Abnormal blood pressure in middle and late life influences dementia risk, find study

In a study that spanned two and a half decades and looked at data from more than 4,700 participants, Johns Hopkins researchers have added to evidence that abnormal blood pressure in midlife persisting into late life increases the likelihood of developing dementia

Abnormal blood pressure in middle and late life influences dementia risk, find studyAlthough not designed to show cause and effect, the study suggests that maintaining a healthy blood pressure throughout life may be one way to help decrease one’s risk of losing brain function. “Our results suggest that one’s blood pressure during midlife may influence how blood pressure later in life relates to dementia risk,” says Keenan […]

Middle-age hearing loss linked to dementia, finds study

Hearing loss in middle age is associated with higher odds of cognitive decline and dementia in later years, suggests a large study in Taiwan

Middle-age hearing loss linked to dementia, finds studyResearchers tracked more than 16,000 men and women and found that a new diagnosis of hearing loss between ages 45 and 65 more than doubled the odds of a dementia diagnosis in the next dozen years. Even mild levels of hearing loss could be a risk factor, so hearing protection, screening and hearing aids may […]

Healthy lifestyle may offset the genetic risk of dementia, reveals study

Living a healthy lifestyle may help offset a person’s genetic risk of dementia, according to new research. The study was led by the University of Exeter - simultaneously published on July 14 in JAMA and presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2019 in Los Angeles

Healthy lifestyle may offset the genetic risk of dementia, reveals study  Living healthily with a good diet and regular exercise may help people with a higher genetic susceptibility to dementia to offset the risk of developing it, according to recent research. The risk of dementia was reduced by 32% in people with a high genetic risk if they had followed a healthy lifestyle, compared to […]

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia risk

The report, which combines the work of 24 international experts, says lifestyle factors can play a major role in increasing or reducing an individual's dementia risk. It examines the benefits of building a "cognitive reserve", which means strengthening the brain's networks so it can continue to function in later life despite damage

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia riskOne in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in […]

Keeping yourself fit in middle age can help reduce dementia risk in adults

Keeping yourself fit in middle age can help reduce dementia risk in adultsMental activities included reading, playing instruments, singing in a choir, visiting concerts, gardening, doing needlework or attending religious services. “These results indicate that these activities in middle age may play a role in preventing dementia in old age and preserving cognitive health,” said study author Jenna Najar, MD, from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. […]

Being married can protect you against dementia

Research has shown that people with spouses tend to be healthier than those without them. This may explain part of the findings, say the researchers: Married couples may motivate each other to exercise, eat healthfully, maintain social ties and smoke and drink less - all things that are associated with a lower risk for dementia

Being married can protect you against dementiaBeing married could help stave off dementia, a new study has suggested. Levels of social interaction could explain the finding, experts have said, after the research showed that people who are single or widowed are more likely to develop the disease. Experts conducted an analysis of 15 studies which held data on dementia and marital […]
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