Can Flossing Protect You From Alzheimer’s?

All those times the dentist nagged you to floss more? Maybe this will convince you to try harder. A new British study suggests that the bacteria from gum disease contributes to Alzheimer’s disease. First, some caveats: It was a small study – just 10 brain samples from people who died of Alzheimer’s, compared with 10 samples from people who died from other causes not dementia-related. Related: Blood Pressure Meds May Be Boosting Brain Power Also, the study, published in May …

Sex and Dementia: What Are Our Rights When We’re Not Ourselves Any More?

A recent Bloomberg article recapped an incident in a nursing home in which an employee walked in on two elderly residents, both diagnosed with dementia, having intercourse. The man was in his late 70s, the woman in her late 80s. The employee, a nurse, called for help and separated the two, but not without the woman clawing and screaming at them. It’s a delicate subject and the zone is completely gray. The incident led to the male patient being removed …

Blood Pressure Meds May Be Boosting Brain Power

If you take medications for high blood pressure and need encouragement to stay on them,  here’s a great incentive: some meds that lower blood pressure may actually be helping boost brain power. Scientists have known for years that controlling high blood pressure is linked to better brain health. Numerous studies have confirmed that what’s good for the heart is also good for the brain. But now new research published yesterday in BMJ Open suggests that some drugs that lower blood …

I Just Had a Senior Moment. Should I Worry?

We all have moments when we wonder if we’re losing our minds. Where did I park the car? What was the name of that movie? Is that girl in the store the neighbor’s daughter? And most of the time we tell ourselves – and our friends and family – that these mental blips are a normal part of aging. Usually, they are just that. But sometimes the memory lapses seem more serious. We start forgetting things that we normally wouldn’t. …

Living Longer and Better: Dementia Rates May Drop as We Age

For years we’ve heard a drumbeat of frightening news about an upcoming epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia poised to rob us of our mental faculties. Now two new studies say the future may not be so bleak. Even better, the new research lends credence to the theory that our behavior can improve our chances of keeping our brains healthy in old age. One new study finds that dementia rates have fallen by nearly 25 percent in the last 20 …

Delay Retirement, Delay Onset of Dementia

More older workers than ever say they plan to stay on the job longer to avoid financial hardship in retirement. Now there appears to be a silver lining. New research finds that workers who put off retirement face less risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. In the largest study of its kind, researchers in France found that workers who retired at age 65 had about a 15 percent lower risk of developing dementia compared with someone who …