Tag: dementia

Music “speaks” to patients with dementia

June 29, 2022

Dementia is a degenerative condition that is hard to escape from as we age. Different therapy-based interventions have been developed to help people with dementia including talking therapy and pet therapy alongside cognitive stimulation methods – these continue to be improved on to help more people improve their quality of life as the illness progresses. […]

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Young-onset dementia – what is it?

January 27, 2022

Dementia in older adults is attributed to a decline in memory and sensory perception and is slightly less unusual than say, someone in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. Dementia in younger adults is especially traumatic and challenging to acknowledge, and many practicing physicians fail to recognise it or even suspect it may be an underlying […]

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Different risks of overactive bladder with different dementia medications

January 10, 2022

Some drugs taken to ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia has been found to instead cause increased risk of overactive bladder (OAB) in patients. The class of drugs known as cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEI), are said to increase communication between nerve cells to enhance cognition and include donepezil, galantamine and rivastigmine, according to researchers […]

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Research looking into nasal spray for the prevention of dementia advances

January 3, 2022

The intranasal administration of drugs has been shown to be safer and improves cognitive function in mice models of dementia – more specifically, those with Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies – compared to traditional antibiotics. A research group from the Department of Translational Neuroscience, Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, […]

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Certain personality traits linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

October 13, 2021

Two distinct personality traits predict the accumulation of pathology associated with dementia, say researchers from the Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine, US: neuroticism, which measures a predisposition for negative emotions; and conscientiousness, which measures the tendency to be careful, organised, goal-directed and responsible. The research combined data from 3,000 participants from the Baltimore […]

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Speech-in-noise hearing impairment an early sign of dementia

August 4, 2021

Research has found that older adults who have difficulties hearing speech over noisy backgrounds – a condition referred to as “speech-in-noise hearing impairment” – have up to 91% increased risk of developing dementia in later years. Many people with dementia will experience difficultly following speech in a noisy environment i.e. the “cocktail party problem”; these […]

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Regular afternoon naps could help stave off dementia

January 27, 2021

Scientists studying mental health have found a significant relationship between consistent afternoon napping and cognitive function in the ageing Chinese population. Napping may not entirely prevent neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia, but may promote locational awareness, verbal fluency, and working memory, according to the study. People take afternoon naps more frequently as they get older, […]

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Study finds certain antidepressants may increase dementia risk

July 3, 2019

Anticholinergic drugs are commonly prescribed to patients to manage muscle spasms and other involuntary muscle movements – it works by blocking a neurotransmitter used by the brain to tell any specific group of muscles to contract. But, a UK study has found that long-term use of certain anticholinergic drugs increases dementia risk, thus complicating the […]

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Survivors of heart disease in childhood might develop dementia later on in life

February 14, 2018

People who survive childhood heart defects may have an increased risk of developing dementia before age 65, a Danish study suggests. “Previous studies showed that people born with heart defects . . . may be at higher risk of neurodevelopmental problems in childhood, such as epilepsy and autism, but this is, to our knowledge, the […]

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Tea reduces cognitive decline, dementia in elderly persons by as much as 86%

March 20, 2017

Drinking tea every day lowers the risk of cognitive decline by 50% in the elderly and as much as 86% in older persons who are genetically at risk of Alzheimer’s, according to a recent longitudinal study involving 957 Chinese seniors aged 55 years or older. The study, led by assistant professor Feng Lei from the […]

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