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Living with Dementia

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Vascular dementia - Preparing for your appointment

Dementia is the syndrome of symptoms such as memory loss and decreasing ability to handle the daily functions of life. Dementia is not an early form of Alzheimer’s or some less serious disease, it is simply a catch-all term that describes Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, and other specific diseases. It is frequently used because people… Vascular dementia - Preparing for your appointment   

Vascular changes linked to dementia

The same artery-clogging process (atherosclerosis) that causes heart disease can also result in age-related vascular cognitive impairments (VCI), according to a new American Heart Association/American Stroke Association scientific statement published online in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cognitive impairment, also known as dementia, includes difficulty with thinking, reasoning and memory, and can… Vascular changes linked to dementia   

Undetected strokes increase risk

Everyday, 1,000 people in Canada turn 65, entering a stage of life that has increasing risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Recent national and international imaging studies on the brains of people aged 65 and older show that 95 per cent have brain small vessel disease seen as white spots and patches on magnetic… Undetected strokes increase risk   

Could hypertension drugs help people with Alzheimer’s?

Within the next 20 years it is expected the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) will double from its current figure of half a million to one million. A new study has looked at whether certain types of drugs used to treat high blood pressure, also called hypertension, might have beneficial effects in… Could hypertension drugs help people with Alzheimer’s?   

Dementia Increases Risk for Preventable Hospitalizations

A large number of hospitalizations of people with dementia may be preventable, according to a just released study from the University of Washington.

Researchers found that elderly people with dementia had a 78% higher risk of being needlessly hospitalized due to avoidable illness than seniors not suffering from dementia.

Additionally, 86% of those stricken… Dementia Increases Risk for Preventable Hospitalizations   

Beta-blockers ‘may lower dementia risk’

Taking beta-blocker drugs may cut the risk of dementia, a trial in 774 men suggests.

The medication is used to treat high blood pressure, a known risk factor for dementia.

In the study, which will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in March, men on beta-blockers were less likely to… Beta-blockers ‘may lower dementia risk’   

Women With High Oestrogen Levels and Diabetes Have Increased Dementia Risk

Older women who have high oestrogen levels and diabetes may have a 14 times increased risk of dementia, according to a study published in the online edition of the journal Neurology.

Blood oestrogens were measured in women aged 65 years or older who were free of dementia. After a 4-year follow-up, 543 women… Women With High Oestrogen Levels and Diabetes Have Increased Dementia Risk   

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