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Blackout Drinking May Increase Risk of Dementia

New research finds that even moderate drinkers can double their risk of dementia, if they drink themselves unconscious — even rarely. Experts say there are long-term, irreversible effects of long-term alcohol exposure. Heavy drinking is considered eight or more drinks per week for women or greater than 14 drinks per week for men. No one […]

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Hearing and visual impairments linked to elevated dementia risk

Older adults with both hearing and visual impairments—or dual sensory impairment—had a significantly higher risk for dementia in a recent study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring. In the study of 2,051 older adults (22.8% with hearing or visual impairment and 5.1% with both impairments) who were followed over eight years, […]

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People with optimistic spouses are less at-risk for dementia

People with optimistic spouses are less at-risk for dementia because their partners encourage healthy habits and share stronger memories with them, study finds Researchers at the University of Michigan and Harvard found people with optimistic spouses have less cognitive decline and memory loss They think that happier partners also tend to have better habits  People […]

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Stepwise approach effective for primary care dementia screening

Assessment of dementia risk using three common screening tools at baseline predicts incident dementia over the course of about seven years, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. Lennard L. van Wanrooij, from the University of Amsterdam, and colleagues used data from 3,454 community-dwelling older persons who […]

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What multilingual nuns can tell us about dementia

A strong ability in languages may help reduce the risk of developing dementia, says a new University of Waterloo study. The research, led by Suzanne Tyas, a public health professor at Waterloo, examined the health outcomes of 325 Roman Catholic nuns who were members of the Sisters of Notre Dame in the United States. The […]