Thanks to a new flu vaccine being distributed this flu season, seniors are getting more protection against serious seasonal flu viruses.
If you’re a caregiver for someone with dementia, you know how challenging your role can be. This is especially true with progressive conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, where deterioration of brain function can affect a person’s behavior.
The evidence to support a healthy-lifestyle approach to ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is growing. While there’s no “magic pill” to prevent such conditions, we can do several things to prevent or delay dementia.
If you ask doctors what disease their patients fear most, they’ll tell you: dementia. Growing old itself is not so scary to many people. But the idea of living in a demented state can paralyze people with worry or tempt them to pursue preventive treatments based on false hope.
What if scientists could combine the latest in genetics and brain science with decades of rich data from research and clinical visits? That interdisciplinary cross-fertilization is just what’s happening with Adult Changes in Thought (ACT), a joint Group Health–University of Washington (UW) study funded by the National Institute on Aging. After decades of studying Group Health seniors to pinpoint risk factors for conditions including dementia, ACT researchers are now collaborating with new partners to learn even more.
As a health services researcher, I know the toll society pays when we fail to help patients talk about and plan for eventualities like end-of-life care. Surveys show most Americans would prefer to die peacefully at home—and a recent study shows increasingly more are doing so. But the same study also reports that in their last three months, more patients are being hospitalized—and more often in intensive care units.
Last month brought good news for those interested in preventing or delaying dementia—which is predicted to triple between now and the year 2050, affecting 115 billion people worldwide.
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