Tag Archive: dementia

Nov 10

Social Networking Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s

The positive impact on your health of staying socially active peaked my interest when I wrote the posts about playing bridge. Now the research tells us that lack of community involvement and infrequent contact with friends and family may increase your risk for Alzheimer’s. Researchers are now discovering that people who are calm and stay …

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Nov 07

Bridge Players Challenge Brain Decline In Old Age

Apparently playing bridge and the impact it has on the brain has been studied longer than I thought. For example, researchers are now saying that it is important to keep challenging your brain but not all activities are equal. It seems that people who spend long stretches of their days, three hours or more, engrossed …

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Oct 27

Vitamin D Makes A Difference

  Now I'm starting to wonder if I'm one of those people who, in my efforts to prevent skin cancer, may have impaired my brain function because I have a deficiency of vitamin D.   This is the sunshine vitamin so called because it is synthesized in our skin when we are exposed to direct …

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Aug 02

Socially Connected People Age More Successfully

  It is becoming more evident that those people who are active with family and friends and who participate in clubs or volunteer programs tend to be healthier and happier.     A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health reported that staying social may even protect your brain from the often negative …

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May 25

Tips to Fighting Forgetfulness

These are very practical recommendations that anyone can do which will reduce how much you forget. Memory loss is frustrating and troublesome and even scary especially if you have a family history of Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Even so, unless your forgetfulness is severe it could be just the normal part of growing older. Fortunately, …

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Aug 18

Solutions to 5 Major Health Problems

by  Dr. Reginald O’Neal I challenge all my patients to become a working partner with me so that I can help them resolve five major health issues that are very common. The five health issues are: Osteoporosis Dementia and memory loss Sleep problems and resulting fatigue Achieving and maintaining the correct weight Blood pressure control …

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Apr 17

Alzheimer’s Disease: To Screen or Not to Screen?

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, a nonprofit advocacy group, endorses memory tests for all older Americans. The Alzheimer’s Disease Screening Discussion Group – sponsored by Pfizer and Esai, who produce the Alzheimer’s drug Aricept- also promoted screening for those 65 or older or residing in an assisted-living or long-term care facility. Other health professionals are …

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Apr 14

Alzheimer’s Testing As Early as Age 50

There’s a definite movement for universal screening for Alzheimer starting with people have a history of the Alzheimer’s Disease in their family as well as for anyone 50 years and older. The theory behind the screening is that there are now medicines that can slow down the progress of the disease and these medicines work …

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