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Abnormal liver tests are common in elderly people, new research shows. Researchers from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom studied 13,276 patients over the age of 75 for seven years, according to the August issue of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. They found that one in six had at least…

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Coach Summitt Stays on the Sidelines Despite Early-Onset Dementia At 59 years old, fabled University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt has received a life-altering diagnosis: early-onset dementia—Alzheimer’s type. USA Today reports that Summitt, famous for her unmatched record of 1,071 wins and an incredible eight national championships, will persist…

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New Nutrition Labels Could Mean Less Confusion, Better Choices for Seniors An initiative to revamp the nutrition facts label on packaged foods, making them less-confusing and easier to read, is entering its final stages, according to an article in USA Today. For almost a decade now, the FDA has been…

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Take Dementia Out With the Trash: Daily Chores May Prevent Cognitive Decline Getting an elderly person to be active by having them help with daily chores like doing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom, and folding laundry might just help prevent them from developing dementia, according to a study reported by…

Majority of Global Alzheimer’s Cases Go Untreated | Franklin, MI

Alzheimer’s disease impacts people around the globe, in every country, but that doesn’t mean victims of the disease are receiving the treatment they need. According to a new study, in some low-income countries, as many as 90% of dementia cases are thought to go undiagnosed, and thus untreated. Alzheimer’s Disease International…

Diabetes Puts Elderly at Greater Risk for Alzheimer’s and Dementia | West Bloomfield Township, MI

Researchers have discovered a connection between dementia risk and diabetes. This link means that as many as one-quarter of Americans over the age of 60 could have a significantly increased risk for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, according to the results of a recent study. Their findings should resonate with particular…

Beat It: Post-Stroke Speech Recovery through Music | Bloomfield Hills, MI

When it comes to stroke recovery, the healing power of music may have its roots in rhythm and long-term memory, according to recent research. For people who have lost their powers of speech due to a stroke, regaining the ability to talk can be a daunting task. Occupational therapists use a…

Those With Early-Onset Alzheimers Need a Game Plan Worthy of Pat Summit

Pat Summit has a game plan—do you? Summit, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s last summer, has recently decided to relinquish her title as head coach of the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team. “It’s never a good time, but you have to find a time that you think is the right…

Driving Under the Influence of Dementia is Never Safe

A newly-published analysis of Florida’s “Silver Alert” program—a public warning system designed to help locate and recover missing seniors who have dementia—has yielded interesting insights into why some elderly drivers get lost. It’s nearly impossible to drive on a Florida highway and not see a “Silver Alert” notification flashing on…

3 Ways Blood Pressure Meds Can Lower Your Dementia Risk

Taking medication to manage high blood pressure may do more than guard against heart disease—it may also protect you from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. A recently-published analysis of results from the Honolulu-Asia Aging Study, a two-decade long investigation into the patterns and risk factors of dementia in aging Japanese-American…