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Genetic testing is available to people who want to know if they carry a variant of a gene that confers susceptibility for Alzheimer’s. But knowing whether to get tested is hard. Billion Photos/Shutterstock.com

Genetic testing: Should I get tested for Alzheimer’s risk?

Alzheimer's is not only the third leading cause of death in the U.S. but also the most dreaded diagnosis. Genetic testing can help determine susceptibility, but knowing whether to test isn't easy.
There are currently no rules to ensure that aged-care facilities provide a comfortable indoor environment. University of Wollongong

Getting the temperature just right helps people with dementia stay cool

People with dementia can become agitated or distressed when the temperature isn't right, but some aged-care facilities aren't designed or operated to keep them comfortable.
As the population of “elder orphans” grows, research is needed so that we can develop effective systems of public guardianship and care. (Shutterstock)

Will you be old and ‘unbefriended?’

The number of old and incapacitated adults who live without the support of a family caregiver is growing.
Research shows that regular exercise can dramatically reduce the risks of depression as well as boost cognition and memory. (Shutterstock)

How exercise can boost your brain function

From opioids to endocannabinoids, an exercise scholar digs into the science to explain the mental health benefits of a regular workout.
Up to 80 per cent of community care for older adults is provided by unpaid informal caregivers. In the absence of government supports, many of them struggle with exhaustion, stress and depression. (Shutterstock)

Stressed and exhausted caregivers need better support

Informal caregivers contribute $25 million to the Canadian economy in unpaid labour, receiving virtually no financial support or emotional respite. More web-based interventions could help.
Challenging and training your brain is important to prevent dementia risk. Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash

Six things you can do to reduce your risk of dementia

Although we can’t change our age or genetic profile, there are fortunately several lifestyle changes we can make that will reduce our dementia risk.
There are currently no effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, which causes may elders to live their last years without recognizing their loved ones, and unable to care for themselves. (Shutterstock)

Can the healthy brain offer clues to curing Alzheimer’s?

Study of the "memory centres" of the brain in adults offers hope for detecting Alzheimer's disease earlier -- before the onset of memory loss.
Doctors’ visits can be overwhelming for older people. Syda Productions/Shutterstock.com

5 questions to ask your aging parents’ doctors

More than 47 million people age 65 and older live in the US, and many need help accessing health care. Here are some questions that grown children should ask their parents' doctors.

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