Dementia patients could be experiencing pain they cannot communicate, finds study

A study conducted by researchers at UCL has found that patients with dementia who are in hospital and in pain are more likely to experience delirium and are often unable to communicate that they are in pain

Dementia patients could be experiencing pain they cannot communicate, finds studyAs reported in the journal Age and Ageing, the study found that many individuals with dementia in hospital are in pain and that more than a third of those who also have delirium cannot express how they are feeling. “It’s deeply troubling to think that this vulnerable group of patients are suffering in silence, unable […]

Prolonged sitting harms brain health, even if you exercise

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that long stretches of sedentary behaviour- like spending all day in your desk chair - were linked to changes in a part of the adult brain that's critical for memory

Prolonged sitting harms brain health, even if you exerciseResearchers discovered that among 35 adults aged 45 to 75 without dementia, those who spent more time sitting in the day had greater thinning of the medial temporal lobe. This is an area of the brain that is important for making new memories. Even high levels of physical activity did not make a difference, the […]

Alzheimer’s interlinked with brain’s waste disposal system

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting around 70 per cent of dementia sufferers. The research findings were published in the Oxford Academic journal Brain

Alzheimer’s interlinked with brain’s waste disposal systemA new study asks whether the endolysosomal system, which takes care of cellular waste, may be involved in the development of this condition. Despite this disease being so common among the ageing population, it remains unclear what exactly causes it. This means that treatments for Alzheimer’s tend to focus on managing the symptoms – such […]

A healthy heart can help lower the risk of dementia, reveals study

Cardiovascular health in older people is associated with lower risk of dementia and lower rates of cognitive decline, a study in JAMA reports

A healthy heart can help lower the risk of dementia, reveals studyTo ward off heart disease, the American Heart Association (AHA) has a helpful list of the most important risk factors that can lower your chances of having heart problems. It turns out those very same things can also reduce the risk of dementia. In a new study published in JAMA, researchers led by Cecilia Samieri, […]

Music therapy can help benefit patients suffering from dementia

Music accesses different parts of the brain than language, so music can be used to communicate or engage with someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, even if they no longer speak or respond to other people’s words. Playing soothing music to a person may inspire an emotional reaction in them

Music therapy can help benefit patients suffering from dementiaMusic therapy may improve depression and anxiety in dementia patients, a new analysis suggests. Music therapy might also improve emotional well-being among those with dementia, researchers found. But they didn’t find any benefits when it came to cognition and behavioural issues such as agitation or aggression, according to the report in the Cochrane Library journal. […]

Engaging in these 4 activities may reduce your risk of dementia

The main risk factor for dementia is older age. Genetic influences also play a role in the onset of the disease, but these are stronger for rarer types of dementia such as early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Although we can’t change our age or genetic profile, there are nevertheless few lifestyle changes we can make that will reduce our dementia risk

Engaging in these 4 activities may reduce your risk of dementiaWhile genetics play a role, making a few lifestyle changes and addressing preventable factors can also help in delaying the onset of dementia. The disease is not a normal part of the ageing process and commonly causes the symptom of memory loss. While there is no cure, research has found some activities might help in […]

Having excessive belly fat tied to increased risk of dementia

Excessive belly fat has been linked to an increased chance of cognitive impairment and dementia developing in a new study. The findings draw attention to problems related with obesity

Having excessive belly fat tied to increased risk of dementiaDementias, including Alzheimer’s, are a growing concern. As the average age of the population steadily rises, their prevalence increases. Currently, an estimated 47 million people worldwide are affected by dementia. This number is expected to rise to 75 million by 2030. Understanding the risk factors involved in these conditions is important; it gives us potential […]

Simple eye test can help spot early signs of dementia

A study has shown that a simple optician’s eye test could help predict whether a person is at risk of developing dementia

Simple eye test can help spot early signs of dementiaA simple eye test carried out by opticians could help predict who is at risk of developing dementia, a study suggests. The test is usually done to spot early signs of eye disease, by looking at tissue at the back of the eye – the retina. Now scientists have found people with thinner retinas are […]

Consuming leafy green vegetables can keep your brain young, prevent dementia

The findings suggest this benefit is likely from important nutrients found in these vegetables, such as foliate, lutein and nitrate, which were also associated with slower cognitive decline. This may be because the nutrients protect against inflammation, stress and damaging changes in the brain

Consuming leafy green vegetables can keep your brain young, prevent dementiaEating plenty of leafy green vegetables every day could ward off dementia in later life, new research suggests. A study of elderly people found those who ate around one serving of leafy greens each day had brains that were the equivalent of 11 years younger than those who never or rarely ate the vegetables. A […]

10 health problems your eyes could be showing signs of

Eye doctors say that by looking in someone’s eyes, they can see things like arteries, veins, and nerves, which are a reflection of what’s going on in the rest of the body. The benefit, of course, is easily catching potential problems early on. Here are 10 important health conditions your eyes can signal

10 health problems your eyes could be showing signs ofThe American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends everyone get a baseline eye exam by age 40, if not before (if everything looks good, your doctor can decide how often you should follow-up) High blood pressure Early signs of damage from high blood pressure can be detected in routine eye exam so potentially life-saving  treatment can be […]
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