How to Spot Epilepsy in Seniors When It Looks Like Dementia

The fastest-growing segment of epilepsy patients in the United States is over age 65, and their condition is potentially difficult to diagnose. One reason is that seniors often don’t experience epilepsy symptoms until these later years, and they rarely have convulsions. Instead, they have different, more understated symptoms, says epileptologist Andreas Alexopoulos, MD. These symptoms … Read More

Steps You Can Take To Guard Against Dementia

We all hope that medicine will find the golden cure to erase the threat of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease from our lives. Fortunately, while research to do exactly that is happening, there already are  plenty of steps you can take to keep your brain healthy. More and more, physicians and researchers find that one of … Read More

Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer’s Disease

The Denver Broncos said Wednesday that owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the NFL team because of his Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, fatal disease of the brain that destroys memory and thinking skills and impairs basic daily functions.  Bowlen, whose team won two Super Bowls and who oversaw one of the NFL’s most consistently … Read More

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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

A Brush With Breast Cancer

Contributor: Katherine Lee, MD If I had one memory that I could hold onto, it would be an encounter I had with a patient about 20 years ago. A young woman in her early 40s had come in for her gynecological exam. I had received a report from the mammogram she had done a week … Read More

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What One Memory Would You Save?

In honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness month, Cleveland Clinic took to social media to ask a simple question: If you could hold onto one memory, what would it be? The response has been overwhelming. Your answers were poignant, beautiful and funny. They often focused on families — and on the effects Alzheimer’s disease has on them. … Read More

Lifestyle Changes Provide Stress Relief

Muriel Alexandrowski and her husband, Joseph, are raising their two grandsons — one 16 and still at home, the other 20 and a college sophomore. Mr. Alexandrowski has health challenges. Originally diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago, he now has difficulty organizing his thoughts and activities, prioritizing tasks, managing time efficiently … Read More