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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.

By Lara DeSanto
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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.

By Eileen Bailey
Senior woman with dementia in wheelchair and feeling helpless.

Sensitivity Training for Caregivers of People with Dementia

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.

By Carol Bradley Bursack
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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.

By Diane Domina
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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.

By Diane Domina
Elderly man alone at home.

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.

By Diane Domina
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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.

By Diane Domina
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?

By Tim Gower
Why Does Traumatic Brain Injury Increase Dementia Risk?

Why Does Traumatic Brain Injury Increase Dementia Risk?

Traumatic brain injury greatly increases the risk of developing dementia, but the link between these two conditions is unclear.

By Marian Freedman
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3 Surprising Ways You Can Lose Your Memory

Taking certain medications, ignoring medical conditions like depression, or not getting enough vitamin B12 can each contribute to memory loss.

By HealthAfter50