A simulation of the life with Alzheimer's. Do you really know what people with dementia and Alzheimer's go through?
An IU study was the first to report the significant decrease incidence rates over 2 decades for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in African Americans. The study also showed that the incidence rate of these conditions in Africans went without change over the same amount of time. The cause of this decline is not yet entirely clear, but it's believed it may be possible that medications for cardiovascular conditions contributed to the decline. "The results of this study offer at least a glimmer of hope that preventive measure such as the appropriate treatment of cardiovascular diseases like hypertension, may modify this burden."
The evidence for a delayed onset and diagnosis of dementia in bilinguals was mixed. Some studies found that bilinguals were diagnosed with dementia several years later than monolinguals. However, other found no significant differences between bilinguals and monolinguals. It was suggested that lifelong bilingualism may protect against dementia, if both languages are used frequently throughout life. Unfortunately, it's shown that bilingualism is not associated with a later onset or diagnosis of dementia if the second language is learned later in life or use infrequently. There's a need for further research though.
Medical director suggests that the use of tablet computers is both a safe and a potentially effective approach to managing agitation among patients with dementia. The researchers found that tablet use was safe for every patient, regardless of the severity of their dementia. It also found that tablet use reduced symptoms of agitation among patients with milder forms of dementia.
According to a study looking at 6.6 million people, dementia is more common in people who live within 50 meters of a major road than those who live further away. The risk of developing dementia reduced as people lived further away from a main road - with a 7% higher risk in developing dementia among those living within 50 meters, a 4% higher risk at 50-100 meters, a 2% higher risk at 101-200 meters and no increase in risk in those living more than 200 meters away. "Our study suggests that busy roads could be a source of environmental stressors that could give rise to the onset of dementia."
Dementia is an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms connected with the loss of memory or other thinking skills strong enough to reduce someone's ability to perform everyday activities. Symptoms: impaired memory, communication and language, ability to focus, reasoning and judgement, and visual perception. Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells. Currently, there isn't a test to determine if someone has dementia. Treatment varies on its cause, but there are drug treatments to temporarily improve symptoms.