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Dementia

reduce dementia risks

Can I Reduce Dementia Risk?

There are 6.2 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. alone, making it the fifth leading cause of death in the country. That’s roughly 1 in 9 people over age 65. That number is estimated to go up due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, these stats mean that many of us likely know someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s and may even have a family history of cognitive-related conditions.

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elderly financial exploitation

Elderly Financial Exploitation Is Increasing

The Texas Department of Adult Protective Services (APS) recommended Tuesday morning that community members, aged 65 and older, keep their private information, like social security numbers, passwords, maiden names and bank account information, in a locked drawer or somewhere safe.

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Advocate for elderly parents

How to Advocate for Elderly Parents

As family caregivers, we play many roles: scheduler, money manager, house cleaner, health aide, nurse, navigator, nurturer and more. Perhaps the most important role, though, is advocate, as we ensure the best life possible for our loved ones when they are vulnerable.

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Smell dementia

Does Smell Loss Indicate Dementia?

Seniors who can identify smells like roses, turpentine, paint-thinner, and lemons, and have retained their senses of hearing, vision, and touch, may have half the risk of developing dementia as their peers with marked sensory decline.

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Can Exercise Help with Dementia?

The results of a year-long trial led by researchers at UT Southwestern have homed in on how aerobic exercise can improve memory in older subjects with mild cognitive impairment. The findings suggest it is never too late to start exercising, since aerobic activity improves blood flow to regions of the brain associated with memory.

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