9 risk Factors for Dementia

Dementia is one of the most feared diseases by aging adults, defined as a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. Treatments can vary, but currently, it remains a crippling problem that slowly destroys a person’s ability to…

Head Injuries in Youth May Increase Dementia Risk in Aging

A recent study has found some very troubling results: youth who experience head injuries may experience an increased risk of dementia as they age. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that head injuries can interfere with the performance of the glymphatic system, which is responsible for cleaning the brain of damaging debris. The lead researcher…

NFL Play Leads to Higher Risk of Death from Alzheimer’s and ALS

A recent study in the journal Neurology looked at thousands of former NFL players and found that they suffered a higher incidence of death from conditions like Alzheimer’s and ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) versus the normal U.S. population. Former football players were found to be three times more likely than non-players to…

Simple, Clear Advice from Harvard Health on Protecting Memory

I ran across a very clear explanation from Harvard Health about how to protect the brain’s abilities. (Note: that link is a summary press release; to get the full report, you can purchase it here.) They talk about building your “brain bank” by challenging your mind and staying physically active.  It’s great to see a simple…

Depression Increases the Risk of Developing Dementia

A new study has untangled the connection between depression and dementia, providing clear evidence that depression is a risk factor for dementia. Prior to this finding, it was unclear to researchers whether depression increased the risk of developing dementia or if dementia led to increased depression. Researchers screened nearly 1,000 participants and found 125 who…