Your brain has a rich network of blood vessels—one of the richest in the body. As a result, your brain is particularly vulnerable to any situation that could cause it inadequate blood flow. When you think of a situation that causes inadequate blood flow to the brain, you probably think of a stroke. Vascular dementia causes changes in thinking and memory following a stroke that blocked blood flow to one of the major blood vessels to the brain.
Summer is finally here! And, after a challenging winter, plenty of people are smiling about the seasonal change. After all, summer is associated with outdoor activities, picnics with family and friends, and pleasant evening walks as the sun sets. But, a report from the University of Nevada, Reno points out that summer weather contains risks such as “extreme heat, increased risk of dehydration, foodborne illness and other health risks.”
There’s a major health issue affecting older adults. It’s not a disease or a health condition, but left unaddressed, it carries the health risks of smoking 15 cigarettes per day. It’s isolation. And believe it or not, more than 8 million people 50 and over are affected by it.
Mixed dementia occurs when someone has more than one type of dementia. And, although that term isn’t typically used in conversations about dementia, some studies suggest that the mixed variety is in fact the most common form of dementia in older adults. Typically, it’s a combination of Alzheimer’s disease and a form of cerebrovascular disease such as a stroke; a person may also have Lewy body dementia, which occurs when an abnormal amount of a certain protein (tau) accumulates in the brain.
“As you get older, everyday wear and tear takes a toll on your teeth. But there’s plenty you can do to keep them in great shape.” (WebMD.com)
You’re as young as you feel: true or false?
If you’ve been researching ways to have a healthy brain, you’ve likely stumbled upon lists of foods you should eat to prevent cognitive decline and keep your memory sharp. Foods like blueberries, salmon and nuts can help keep your brain in tip top shape. However, just like these foods can help preserve your memory or cognitive function, there are foods that can do the opposite.
You’ve probably seen them — the television commercials and advertisements urging Baby Boomers to get tested for hepatitis C. While you might think of the viral infection is something only IV drug users can contract, if you were born between 1945 and 1965 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends you get tested.
By now, you’re well aware the changes that can occur in aging brains can lead to memory problems, and in some cases Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. However, did you know up to 15 to 20 percent of people over the age of 65 have mild cognitive impairment?
“Every single person needs to find the place and the things that makes them feel whole, that makes them feel valued, that makes them feel engaged. Many people find that in the workplace.” —GetOld.com