mental health issues
Jan 31 2017

What are the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Family Caregiving  •  By Susan Walker

You’re probably familiar with the most common Alzheimer’s symptoms that may point to the early stages of the disease and some other types of dementia: Memory loss, especially being unable... Read More

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Lifestyle adjustments
Aug 14 2014

Lifestyle changes can lower your risk of mild cognitive impairment

Preventive Care  •  By Michael Scott

...about the risk of dementia and wonder if you or they need to be screened for cognitive impairment, a risk factor for dementia that affects 10 to 20 percent of... Read More

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Lower your risk of cognitive impairment
Aug 16 2016

Lifestyle changes may reduce your risk of cognitive impairment

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

...have found links between a lower risk of cognitive impairment and dementia and closely following a Mediterranean diet. One study also linked this diet to a reduced risk of mild... Read More

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Inadequate amounts of sleep may accelerate the aging process in the brain.
Sep 3 2014

Worried about your brain health? Make sure you get enough sleep

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are growing more prominent in the U.S., underscoring the importance of preventive strategies. New research published in the journal Sleep suggests that adequate amounts of sleep... Read More

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obesity
Apr 27 2021

Is there a link between obesity and brain health?

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

...has been linked to a possible increased risk for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. One study looked at more than 35,000 scans from single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) of 17,000... Read More

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high blood pressure
Jun 12 2018

High blood pressure can hurt more than your heart

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

...of the oxygen and nutrients that the blood carries, brain cells die, causing brain damage, which may be permanent. Vascular dementia and mild cognitive impairment: When the arteries that supply... Read More

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long-term care
Nov 5 2019

Understanding the difference between long-term care options

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

...with advanced Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia need specialized care and support. Memory care is offered by some continuing care retirement communities, assisted living communities, and nursing homes. If... Read More

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nursing home
Mar 16 2021

Five things to consider when choosing a nursing home

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

...Especially for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, noisy, chaotic settings can increase confusion, agitation, and anxiety. Safety: Especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s... Read More

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9 factors that may increase Alzheimer's risk
Oct 20 2015

How to combat the 9 factors that could raise your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

...forms of dementia. What can you do to protect the health of your brain? The first step is to talk with your doctor, and if you haven’t had a physical... Read More

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Alzheimer's disease patients can have complex care needs.
Jul 30 2014

Care tips for helping you deal with parents who have Alzheimer’s

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

...grow. Every 67 seconds, one more person in the U.S. is diagnosed with this condition, which accounts for 60 to 80 percent of all cases of dementia. Overall, the number... Read More