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Frequent social contact in midlife may reduce dementia risk, Whitehall II study analysis shows

Frequent social contact—regularly seeing friends and family—during midlife was associated with a lower likelihood of dementia diagnosis in later life, according to a recent study in PLOS Medicine. Being socially engaged may require greater activity in areas of the brain that contribute to language and memory, which in turn may account for better cognitive health, the authors noted.

Drug curbs delusions, eases anger in Alzheimer's patients, researchers find

If regulators approve it, the drug could become the first new medicine for Alzheimer's patients in nearly two decades.
 

Obesity in Middle Age Raises Risk of Dementia

The exact causes behind dementia are varied and at times unclear. We know that genetic factors — like carrying the APOE4 gene — can have an impact on a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s, as can lifestyle or environmental factors like diet, exercise and exposure to air pollution. And a new study adds to the growing evidence that weight and obesity may also contribute to a person’s dementia risk.

Improve Memory and ‘Grey Matter’ in Your Brain Through Cardio Exercise

If you needed more motivation to get moving in the new year, a new study provides more evidence that exercise can help keep your brain healthy and functional, and possibly keep dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay.

Long-Term Changes in Blood Pressure Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

Blood pressure may be an even more important biomarker in understanding why some people develop Alzheimer’s. In a new study, researchers report that people who experienced long-term and substantial changes in blood pressure were at greater risk of developing dementia.

50% of Americans Are Worried About Developing Dementia, But Many Unaware of Preventive Steps

Americans are deeply worried about developing dementia, yet few have taken scientifically-proven preventative steps to protect their brains, according to a new report.

Holiday Hints for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Holidays can be meaningful, enriching times for both the person with Alzheimer’s disease and his or her family. Maintaining or adapting family rituals and traditions helps all family members feel a sense of belonging and family identity. For a person with Alzheimer’s, this link with a familiar past is reassuring.

Keeping Your Blood Sugar In Check Could Lower Your Alzheimer's Risk

Brain scientists are offering a new reason to control blood sugar levels: It might help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Cardiovascular health status at age 50 linked to dementia risk in later life

People with better cardiovascular health at age 50 may be less likely than those with poor cardiovascular health to develop dementia later in life. The findings, published in BMJ on Aug. 7, suggest that middle-aged adults may be able to reduce their risk of dementia by controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol and avoiding other risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

Could taking statins prevent dementia, disability?

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has funded a major study to examine the overall benefits and risks of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins in adults age 75 or older without cardiovascular disease. The trial will help determine whether a statin can help prevent dementia and disability in this age group, as well as heart attacks and other cardiovascular-related deaths, while not increasing risks of adverse health outcomes. Funding for the trial, called Pragmatic Evaluation of Events and Benefits of Lipid-Lowering in Older Adults (PREVENTABLE), is expected to total $90 million over the next seven years. NIA is part of the National Institutes of Health.