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The best way to halt dementia is to put our heads together

Dementia and cognitive decline have a huge impact on the overall health and activity of the ageing population and come with a substantial social and economic cost for society. But for those who have dementia…
Brains exist in a dynamic bidirectional interplay with our bodies, and this has major implications for the health of both. Petri Damstén/Flickr

Mind over matter: cynics, it seems, triple their risk of dementia

I don’t want to sound too cynical, but recent research findings in dementia seem hard to believe. A study of over 1,000 people has found people who scored higher on a measure of cynicism during late life…
We are only now realising how poor diets impact mental health and well-being. Λ |_ ν-\ Γ Ø/Flickr

You are what you eat: how diet affects mental well-being

Over the last half century, the global food industry has profoundly changed the way we eat. While we understand how these dietary changes have impacted physical health, their effect on mental well-being…
With a bit of help sufferers can remain effective at work. Helen ST

Employers must become aware of dementia in the workplace

Recent figures suggest there are around 800,000 people in the UK with dementia. People usually associate the condition with later life, but around 17,000 of people with the condition are under the age…
The risk of Alzheimer’s increases with age. Shutterstock

Explainer: what is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease causes progressive damage to the brain, resulting in problems with memory, cognition, social engagement, and, ultimately, a person’s ability to care for themselves. Alzheimer’s is the…
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An Alzheimer’s blood test could also help develop new drugs

US scientists recently announced they had developed a blood test that could predict your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease, with 90% accuracy, up to three years in advance of other known symptoms…
Getting older people into tech is good for them and good for business. ArkanGL

Pension woes abound, but our tech future is just as pressing

Britons have been warned that they must save six times more for their pension or face poverty. The message is that it’s time to embrace deferred gratification and start saving. The average pension pot…
Taking extra care and consideration for those with dementia can make Christmas a much more enjoyable experience for all. brutusfly/flickr

How best to celebrate Christmas with a person with dementia

Christmas can be a stressful time for hosts and guests alike, and it’s more so for carers of people living with dementia. It’s difficult to give general advice about how to get through the holiday season…
Animal-based therapies have a positive effect but having them visit nursing homes has a number of drawbacks. Duane Keys

Robotic animals may help some people with dementia

Late-stage dementia is characterised by increasing agitation that can be distressing for the person with the illness and their carers. So, researchers are investigating whether robots disguised as animals…

Dementia rate to triple by 2050

Approximately 135 million people are expected to suffer with dementia by 2050, more than tripling the current figures. A…
Still could go one way or another. Harsh Vardhan

Expert warns caution over possibility of Alzheimer’s pill

It has been described as a historical “turning point” in Alzheimer’s treatment - the first time a chemical has been found that can halt the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease, and could…
Dementia rates may be falling but the downward trend won’t go on forever. ColinCramm/Shutterstock

Is the incidence of dementia declining?

It’s rare to hear good news about dementia, so two recent reports showing it may be becoming less common created a fair amount of excitement. Not a week goes by without some new promised therapy for dementia…
We need to see old age as success and value older people as expressions of this accomplishment. Vinoth Chandar

An age-old problem: society fails to truly embrace its seniors

Cockroaches in the kitchen, kerosene in the bath, abuse and malnutrition - these are the aged-care stories that often make headlines. We, the public, respond with outrage and calls for more staff and more…
Olive oil is associated with some healthy benefits. garryknight

Proof that the Mediterranean diet is good for your brain

As life expectancies across the world steadily increase, the world’s population is inexorably ageing. Too often, with age comes difficult health problems such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. These…

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