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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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Traits of Super-ager 90-Year-Olds

Researchers may have uncovered a key reason why some people remain sharp as a tack into their 80s and 90s: Their brains resist the buildup of certain proteins that mark Alzheimer’s disease.

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Caregiving during the Pandemic

Managing a loved one’s care in a nursing home or an assisted living facility has always been challenging. And it’s harder now that visitation is extremely limited to protect residents from COVID-19. So how can you check on your loved ones, make sure they’re being cared for properly and let them know you’re there for them?

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caretaking during the pandemic

Can I Afford In-Home Elderly Care?

Amid headlines of COVID-19 infiltrating nursing homes and large senior care facilities, it’s understandable that many Americans would prefer to avoid assisted living environments as they grow older. However, the trend to age in place predates the pandemic. Remaining at home was the first choice for 76% of Americans age 50 and older, according to a 2018 AARP survey.

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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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Elder Financial Abuse Occurs When No One’s Watching

Take, for example, the sad and sordid tax case of Mary Ellen Cranmer Nice vs. United States of America, which would not have existed if an attentive financial advisor hadn’t noticed the large IRA distributions that were allegedly stolen right from under a matriarch’s nose.

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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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