Going through menopause? You might be at the risk of having Alzheimer’s

Cognitive decline is known to be associated with menopause, and researchers suggest that the estrogen deficiency that characterises menopause may also be responsible for the neurodegeneration that occurs in Alzheimer's

Going through menopause? You might be at the risk of having Alzheimer’sThe study was carried out by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine – the biomedical research unit and medical school of Cornell University – in New York City, NY, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Arizona Health Sciences in Tucson. Dr Lisa Mosconi, from Weill Cornell Medicine, is the lead author of the study, […]

Forgetful? Look for these early signs of dementia

‘Of all the things, I miss my mind the most,’ this quote by renowned author Mark Twain speaks of memory loss and dementia. Dementia is a neurological disease that usually occurs after the age of 60, says Arti Shroff, Mumbai-based clinical psychologist

Forgetful? Look for these early signs of dementiaDementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain. It is marked by memory loss, impaired cognitive functions, compromised volition as well as changes in personality. It is caused by the degeneration of the brain […]

‘Let a person die with dignity’, say palliative care experts

Yesteryear’s super hit movie, ‘Anand’ grabbed eyeballs for its portrayal of characters and unique presentation of death- acceptance. Anand, is a cancer patient who doesn’t wish to confine to bed in his final days and wished to die peacefully. That is the kind of life that palliative care tries to advocate, to help the person to be bereft of pain and suffering. However, the experts say that we are poorly prepared, in case of palliative care

‘Let a person die with dignity’, say palliative care expertsFor the 83-year-old, Nitin Kumar (name changed) his family was everything. Like anybody in that age, he had started feeling more breathless and came to the doctors with the complaint of heart ailments. Kumar had a severe heart disease which took a toll on his kidney. Kumar’s family approached the palliative care unit at Hinduja […]

Women with high blood pressure are at an increased risk for dementia, says study

Hypertension in women in their 30s was not associated with dementia. But women who were hypertensive at an average age of 44 had a 68 per cent higher risk for dementia than those who had normal blood pressure at that age, even after adjusting for BMI, smoking and other risk factors

Women with high blood pressure are at an increased risk for dementia, says studyWomen with high blood pressure in their 40s are at increased risk for dementia in later years, researchers report. But the finding does not hold for men. Beginning in 1964, investigators collected health and lifestyle information on 5,646 men and women when they were 30 to 35 years old, and again when they were in […]

Book Launch: A complete guide for managing dementia

On the eve of World Mental Health Day, Silver Innings, a home for assisted living elder care has launched its first book, ‘Remember Me – You Me and Dementia’; on the non-curable brain disorder Dementia

Book Launch: A complete guide for managing dementiaWritten and compiled by Sailesh Mishra, the book talks about Dementia and how it could be dealt with care. Mishra is a social gerontologist and International Maser Practitioner in Dementia care and Founder of Silver Innings Group and A1Snehanjali assisted living elder care home. The book includes some powerful stories and poems from caregivers of […]

Dementia: New study sheds light on the cause on brain cell death in patients

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for around 60 to 80 per cent of cases. Around 5.5 million adults in the United States have the condition, of which around 5.3 million are aged 65 and older

Dementia: New study sheds light on the cause on brain cell death in patientsResearchers found that lack of a gene called lysine specific histone demethylase 1 (LSD1) triggers brain cell death, leading to cognitive abnormalities comparable to those seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Study co-author David Katz, Ph.D., and colleagues recently reported their findings in the journal Nature Communications. Alzheimer’s disease is the […]

On this World Alzheimer’s Day, let’s treat dementia

In various countries of the world, September 21 is observed as the World Alzheimer’s Day. This year, the theme for this day is ‘Remember Me’. Dementia is a disease that commonly affects the elderly. Here in this article, we look at where we have reached so far in terms of its treatment

On this World Alzheimer’s Day, let’s treat dementia“We didn’t realise it was a major illness unless we started noticing behavioural changes in my mother about a year ago. She was just becoming very reclusive. Something like, “You are not giving me food” she would say, exactly 10 minutes after eating. She started getting very violent. My dad, on the other hand, had […]

‘The dignity of elderly patients with dementia must be preserved’

Dementia is a mental health problem that shall increase in the years to come. On this World Alzheimer's Day, let us pledge to fight dementia and never to forget those who cannot remember

‘The dignity of elderly patients with dementia must be preserved’Dementia is a complex condition characterized by memory loss on one hand and deterioration of intelligence and personality on the other. Whenever I see patients with dementia I always think of someone who has been so productive in life, deteriorating as the brain shrinks with ageing. We all have known somebody with dementia. We have […]

Here’s how you can be 50 and still look like your just 20

A good attitude and graceful acceptance of the inevitable changes can go a long way to making you both feel and look younger. You can’t do anything to alter your genetics, but you can look to your relatives for an idea of what your aging trajectory might be

Here’s how you can be 50 and still look like your just 20If you’ve spent any time on the internet, you’re likely aware that a lot of fake content lives there. From fabricated news stories to photo-shopped UFOs, the internet is a rich source of bogus material. Perhaps that’s why it’s no surprise the stories of a 50-year-old man and woman who look like they’re in their […]

Course to train dementia care givers a good move, say doctors

Need for dementia care centres and care-giving is increasing across India. In order to understand the cause behind rising dementia cases, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has started an online initiative to train the caregivers

Course to train dementia care givers a good move, say doctorsDay after day, the need for dementia care centres and care-giving is increasing across India. Understanding the real issue behind rising incidences of dementia is the need of the hour. And to understand that, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has started an online initiative to train the caregivers. “Given the rising […]
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