One-third of Seniors Die With Alzheimer’s Disease

A new Alzheimer’s Association report says one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia in the United States. Alarmingly, the death toll has risen 68 percent from 2000 to 2010. While deaths from other diseases such as heart attack, HIV/AIDS and stroke continue to decline, Alzheimer’s deaths continue to rise. It is now the … Read More

Blood Sugar and Brain Health (Video)

Numerous studies have linked Type-2 diabetes, brain shrinkage and dementia. But a new Australian study in the journal Neurology finds that even for people who do not have diabetes, blood sugar levels can impact brain health. In this video, Ronan Factora, MD, who treats dementia, weighs in on the link between blood sugar and memory. To help … Read More

Alzheimer’s Numbers Expected to Triple

The number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple in the next 40 years as baby boomers age, says a new study. Rush University researchers say in 2010 there were nearly 5 million people with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to grow to nearly 14 million by 2050. What the numbers … Read More

A Dangerous Road: Elderly and Winter Falls

Icy sidewalks. Slippery driveways. Boots that bring melting snow onto floors. These all can cause falls. These are minor hazards for most of us, but for an elderly person, they can be devastating. A spill that gives a 20-year-old a bruised knee could send an elderly person to the hospital. “If you are over the … Read More

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Top 3 Catalyst eNews Stories of 2012

The most-read stories from the online newsletter Catalyst eNews for 2012 include the best in heart-healthy eating, lowering your risks for dementia and how yoga on route can help ease those post-travel stiffness and soreness: 15 Heart-healthy Hints Did you know that a handful of almonds and walnuts is great for you, and that Popeye … Read More

Alzheimer’s May Begin Early in Life

Understanding how Alzheimer’s disease develops may one day help researchers come up with ways to delay its progression.                                                                           A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds the Alzheimer’s disease process may begin more than 20 years before the onset of dementia is diagnosed. Stephen Rao, PhD, a Cleveland Clinic researcher who works … Read More

Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how or when Alzheimer’s disease (AD) starts to take hold. Initially, cognitive abnormalities may only be apparent on detailed neuropsychological testing. Eventually, however, problems with memory and reasoning can’t be ignored. Experts in the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health say the common warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease … Read More