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Lymphatic Function Seen Tied To Age-Related Cognitive Decline

Researchers only recently discovered lymphatic vessels in the brain that remove cellular debris and other waste. Now, new research supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) suggests these vessels could play a role in age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Dementia Patients Found Over Medicated And At High Cost

Researchers at the AARP Public Policy Institute found 70% of seniors with dementia who were prescribed dementia medications took them long-term despite a shortage of clinical evidence supporting their benefit beyond 12 months.

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Dementia Patients Undergo ‘Photographic Treatment’ Therapy

Artist Laurence Aëgerter has begun a project she calls "Photographic Treatment," which seeks to improve the quality of life of older adults with dementia by staging "photo interventions," or individual or group sessions that focus conversations on images Aëgerter curated over three years.

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Alcohol Consumption, Aging, And Dementia: What’s At Stake?

New research "strengthens the evidence that excessive alcohol consumption is a risk factor for dementia." At the same time, the research results also "encourage the use of lower thresholds of alcohol consumption in guidelines to promote cognitive health at older ages."

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Early Onset Dementia Not Found In Retired NFL, NHL Players

New research is adding important information to the body of knowledge about the cognitive and behavioral status of a group of retired professional athletes who spent their careers in contact sports. The study from University at Buffalo’s Healthy Aging Mind Project assessed 21 professional athletes retired from the National Football League and the National Hockey League on neuropsychological measures associated with mild cognitive impairment and executive function.

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What Is Lewy Body Dementia And Why Do We Need To Know?

Lewy body dementia (LBD) affects more than 1 million individuals in the United States and is one of the most common causes of dementia. LBD is associated with abnormal protein deposits, called Lewy bodies, in the brain and can lead to problems with thinking, movement, behavior, and mood.

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Visual Association Test Found Predictive of Dementia in Older Adults

The authors of a newly published study found the Visual Association Test (VAT) of associative memory is a valuable tool for assessing dementia risk in people with a small decline on the 30-point Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE).

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Alternative Day Care for Dementia, Alzheimer’s Patients

The Circles of Caring adult day health program in Pullman, WA has evolved from a pilot program originally designed to address a gap in services for people with dementia and Alzheimer's to provide health services for adults with various chronic illnesses. The facility also provides respite care for participants' caregivers.

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Dementia Among Aging Gun Owners Seen as Growing Problem

A growing number of physicians would like to see adult children of aging parents with dementia who own guns talk about removing those firearms from the home. Researchers estimate that one in three people aged 65 and older in the United States is a gun owner, and another one in eight live with someone who owns a gun.

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Dementia in U.S. Declining … But Trend May Not Last

The good news is the rate of older Americans with dementia is on the decline. The bad news is the number of Americans age 85 and older will roughly double in the next 20 years. So even with a decline in the rate of dementia among older adults, the number of people with dementia will likely increase substantially...

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