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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Aduhelm
Feb 1 2022

Q & A: Key information about the new Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn, MD

...Aduhelm? A: The FDA-approved labeling for Aduhelm says it should be given only to people with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia. The clinical trials for the drug only included... 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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Type 2 diabetes
Oct 7 2014

Do you have Type 2 diabetes? You may be at risk for mild cognitive impairment

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Miles Varn

...Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Experts describe mild cognitive impairment as an intermediary state between normal cognitive function and dementia. While some people who have mild cognitive impairment go on to... Read More

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

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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caregiving
Apr 16 2019

Strategies to help you avoid common caregiving mistakes

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

...or medication properly and getting refills when needed, filing insurance claims, managing bill paying and banking, and monitoring his or her cognitive and mental health for signs of dementia, depression,... Read More

helping older relatives with healthcare
Dec 13 2022

Over 50 and getting too little sleep? You may be raising your risk of chronic disease.

Complementary & Integrative Medicine, Wellness  •  By Michael Scott, ND, MSA

...stroke, COPD, kidney disease, liver disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, and diabetes. At age 50, for those getting less than five hours of sleep per night, the increase in risk... Read More

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forgetfulness
Oct 11 2022

Is isolation affecting your health?

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

...in the risk of heart disease 32% increase in stroke risk 50% increase in dementia risk and an increased risk of cognitive decline Higher risk of depression and anxiety, especially... Read More

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doctor's appointments
Apr 25 2022

Caregiver tips for doctor’s appointments with older relatives

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

...all the doctors they see. If they have privacy concerns, they can limit what types of information can be shared with you. If they have cognitive issues like dementia or... Read More

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