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Posts Tagged ‘National Institute on Aging (NIA)’

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), Lewy body dementia affects more than a million people in the United States. The name Lewy body comes from Dr. Friederich Lewy, a German neurologist who discovered in 1912 the abnormal clumps…

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Respite Care for Caregivers who Work 24/7 without Pay

Can anyone work at a job 24/7 without a break and also not get paid? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to six million seniors over the age of 65 receive home health services for acute and chronic diseases. These include Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, more than five and a…

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Silent Heart Attacks are an Increased Risk for Stroke

Most people do not realize that some heart attacks are “silent” and go undetected. They simply are not noticeable enough to send patients to the emergency room (ER). A study led by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) was published May 20, 2019 by researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and the Icelandic MI Heart…

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Vascular Dementia

According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), vascular dementia also called vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) is the second most common dementia after Alzheimer’s disease (AD). While the symptoms may appear similar to Alzheimer’s disease, the cause is completely different. Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a buildup in the brain of beta amyloid and tau…

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When is Memory Loss More than Mild Forgetfulness?

  June 2019 is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and many people are wearing purple in solidarity with AD Awareness Month. It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that over five million people are affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the United States.…

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Social Isolation and Loneliness Raise Health Risks for Seniors

Seniors living in isolation are a growing problem in America. According to a University of Michigan study published March 3, 2018 in the Healthcare Journal one out of every five seniors lives in isolation, cut off from both friends and family. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is sponsoring research to determine the difference between…

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Seniors also Need Vaccines

Seniors also need vaccines. Not all vaccines are just for children. In fact, there are some vaccines that are very important for seniors to take like the tetanus diphtheria (TD) vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine, the shingles vaccine, the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and annual flu shots. Tetanus Diphtheria (TD) Vaccine In fact, the…

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Benefits for Seniors who Participate in the Arts

According to ongoing research by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), when seniors participate in the arts they show improvements in health, well-being and are more able to function independently. The NIA and doctors have long advocated eating a good nutritious diet, getting enough physical exercise and getting a good night’s sleep for healthy aging.…

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Keeping Physically Active may help to Preserve Memory in Seniors

Seniors who move a lot, whether from physical exercise or through routine physical activity like housework, seem to have better memory function according to a recent study published January 16, 2019 in Neurology. Researchers from Rush University Medical Center found that seniors who move around a lot may have better memory function, even if they…

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