skin cancer
Jul 3 2014

When is a ‘senior moment’ a sign of something more serious?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn dementia, early diagnosis is important to ensure proper diagnosis, treatment and planning.Types of dementia include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).... Read More

Are there health risks from heartburn medications?
Mar 22 2016

Are there health risks linked to heartburn medications?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

...29,000 of the people in the study had developed Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. The researchers controlled for other factors that can contribute to the development of dementia,... Read More

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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

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

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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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

older family members
Feb 17 2022

How to figure out if older family members need help

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

...the number of people living with mental health issues. Depression in older people is often misdiagnosed as dementia, because depression shares some symptoms with the early stages of dementia, such... Read More

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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