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Can These Common Meds Give You Dementia?

Check your medicine cabinets—a new study found that anticholinergic drugs may make you more likely to develop dementia down the line.

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When Dementia Comes on Fast

People with vascular dementia may have sudden confusion, difficulty understanding a conversation, or speaking. Eileen discusses what happened when her father developed the condition.

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From Your Mouth to Your Brain: The Gum Disease-Dementia Link

People with chronic periodontitis that can lead to tooth loss have a 6 percent higher risk of dementia than people who don’t have gum disease.

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Lower Your Blood Pressure, Keep Your Mind Sharp?

Studies have shown a link between blood pressure) and dementia risk. However, target blood pressure levels are somewhat controversial.

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What It's Really Like Being on The Other Side of Caregiving

As caregivers, we may get frustrated and complacent in our care, but it may snap you back to reality after taking a virtual reality tour where you’re made to feel like the one on the other side — the one with dementia.

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Stroke Doubles Dementia Risk, Large Study Finds

After adjusting for dementia risk factors, people who've had a stroke are twice as likely to develop dementia, according to study involving 3.2 million people.

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What Are Bedsores and How Can They Be Prevented?

Bedsores can be much more serious than they seem — in fact, complications from bedsores can lead to death. Learn from a board certified nurse on what causes these sores and how to prevent them.

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Could Marital Status, BMI, and Sleep Habits Up Your Dementia Risk?

Bring a widow, having a low body mass index, and having trouble sleeping in middle age could raise your risk for dementia, say Boston University School of Medicine researchers.

Ongoing Depression May Raise Risk of Dementia

Ongoing Depression May Raise Risk of Dementia

When symptoms of depression escalate during later life, the risk of developing dementia increases.

When Is It Time for a Dementia Evaluation?

When Is It Time for a Dementia Evaluation?

How do you know if changes in your loved one’s memory are serious and warrant an evaluation by a health professional—and how do you get him or her to go?