Posts Tagged ‘The Mayo Clinic’

Calorie Consumption Effects Memory

Overeating May Double Risk of Memory Loss

New research suggests that consuming between 2,100 and 6,000 calories per day may double the risk of memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI), among people age 70 and older. The study was just released and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 21 to April […]

Suspect Alzheimer's

What to Do if You Suspect Alzheimer’s

An early diagnosis can be helpful, medically and personally. The first thing to do is see a doctor, and try not to panic. Not all memory loss is a sign of the disease. An appointment is missed. A bill goes unpaid. A television remote winds up in the freezer. Are these harmless senior moments or […]

What is Vascular Dementia?

What is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia is a general term describing problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, memory and other thought processes caused by brain damage from impaired blood flow to your brain. You can develop vascular dementia after a stroke blocks an artery in your brain, but strokes don’t always cause vascular dementia. Whether a stroke affects your thinking […]

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How Can I Avoid Getting Alzheimer’s? Part 12: Prevention | Getting to Know Alzheimer’s: 12 Things You Must Know

Prevention By Mayo Clinic staff Right now, there’s no proven way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Research into prevention strategies is ongoing. The strongest evidence so far suggests that you may be able to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by reducing your risk of heart disease. Many of the same factors that increase your risk […]

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How Can I Mitigate the Socially Damaging Aspects of Alzheimer’s? Part 11: Coping and support | Getting to Know Alzheimer’s: 12 Things You Must Know

Coping and support By Mayo Clinic staff People with Alzheimer’s disease experience a mixture of emotions — confusion, frustration, anger, fear, uncertainty, grief and depression. You can help a person cope with the disease by being there to listen, reassuring the person that life can still be enjoyed, providing support, and doing your best to […]

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How can you Relieve Alzheimer’s Symptoms? Part 8: Treatments and drugs | Getting to Know Alzheimer’s: 12 Things You Must Know | Alzheimer’s Articles, Information and Resources

Treatments and drugs By Mayo Clinic staff Drugs Current Alzheimer’s medications can help for a time with memory symptoms and other cognitive changes. Two types of drugs are currently used to treat cognitive symptoms: • Cholinesterase inhibitors.These drugs work by boosting levels of a cell-to-cell communication chemical depleted in the brain by Alzheimer’s disease. Commonly […]

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How do Doctors Test for Alzheimer’s? Part 7: Tests and diagnosis | Getting to Know Alzheimer’s: 12 Things You Must Know | Alzheimer’s Articles, Information and Resources

Tests and diagnosis By Mayo Clinic staff There’s no specific test today that confirms you have Alzheimer’s disease. Your doctor will make a judgment about whether Alzheimer’s is the most likely cause of your symptoms based on the information you provide and results of various tests that can help clarify the diagnosis. Doctors can nearly […]

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What Other Risks Does Alzheimer’s Pose? Part 5: Complications | Getting to Know Alzheimer’s: 12 Things You Must Know | Alzheimer’s Articles, Information and Resources

Complications By Mayo Clinic staff Memory loss, impaired judgment and other cognitive changes caused by Alzheimer’s can complicate treatment for other health conditions. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may not be able to: • Communicate that he or she is experiencing pain — for example, from a dental problem • Report symptoms of another illness […]