Alzheimer’s disease

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

Posted on 07/26/2013 by |Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsA 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

Posted on 07/26/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayIf 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?

Posted on 07/19/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain HealthWe 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

Posted on 07/17/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayFor 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

Posted on 07/15/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkMore 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 …

More Proof That an Active Brain Slows Dementia

Posted on 07/9/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA  new study adds to the growing evidence that the best way to stay mentally sharp into your 80s and beyond is to keep your brain busy with reading, writing and learning new things. Researchers found that being “cognitively active” both early and later in life was tied to better performance on memory tests among people in their 80s, Reuters reported. Even when brain autopsies were done on study participants who passed away, researchers found those who kept mentally busy …