Dementia News

Why Sleep Breaks Down With Age

August 23rd, 2014
As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. On top of that, they tend to awaken too early in the morning. A new study from researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston and the University ...

Depression, Cognitive Ills After 65 Tied to Faster Brain Aging

August 10th, 2014
People who develop depression and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) after age 65 are more vulnerable to accelerated brain aging, according to a new study. Older adults with major depression have double the risk of developing dementia compared with those who have never had ...

Low Vitamin D Can Hike Risk of Dementia in Elderly

August 8th, 2014
New research suggests Vitamin D deficiency in older individuals can significantly increase their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. A team of international researchers found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia ...

Stroke, Vascular Ills ID’d as Risk Factors in Developing Dementia

August 7th, 2014
A Dutch study has found that those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have a fourfold increased risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease (AD), and that stroke and other vascular damage are important risk factors. The results of the study are published ...

Reduce Depression, Decrease Dementia

August 1st, 2014
Although prior studies have shown that people with symptoms of depression are more likely to develop dementia, the relationship has remained obscure. A new study corrects this knowledge gap and provides insight into how the two illnesses are related and how ...

TeleSupport Helps Reduce Caregiver Stress

July 31st, 2014
Taking care of a loved one who has a chronic illness can take a toll on the caregiver. A new study has found that a support program administered entirely by telephone can significantly reduce depression and other symptoms in informal caregivers, such as ...

Improved Tests for Memory Disorders Will Lead to Early/Better Interventions

July 31st, 2014
New research from the UK posits that more accurate tests could be created to diagnose diseases such as Alzheimer's or memory problems stemming from head injuries. Identification of memory disorders in the early stages can lead to earlier and more effective interventions. Researchers investigated ...

Aerobic Exercise May Boost Memory

July 29th, 2014
Older women with mild cognitive impairment may benefit significantly from regular aerobic exercise, new findings show. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an established risk factor for dementia and "represents a vital opportunity for intervening," say Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose of the University of ...

Motivated Older Adults Able to Stay on Task

July 29th, 2014
An emerging theory may help to explain why older adults show declining cognitive ability with age, but don’t necessarily show declines in the workplace or daily life. Dr. Tom Hess, a psychology researcher at North Carolina State University believes older adults are good ...

Slow Walking Speed and Memory Complaints Early Predictors of Dementia

July 27th, 2014
A simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have any cognitive complaints can predict the likelihood of developing dementia, according to a new study. The study, involving about 27,000 older adults on five continents, found that nearly one in ...