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Air pollution exposure during mid to early life may be more important to developing Alzheimer’s disease than doctors realized. Cecilie Arcurs via Getty Images

Air pollution may contribute to Alzheimer’s and dementia risk – here’s what we’re learning from brain scans

The tiny air pollutants known as PM2.5, emitted by vehicles, factories and power plants, aren’t just a hazard for lungs. A study finds more brain shrinkage in older women exposed to pollution.
Continuing to engage in mental challenges keeps the brain from deteriorating in early retirement. Westend61/Getty Images

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

A study of a retirement program in China found that people who retired early suffered significant cognitive decline that put them at risk of early onset of dementia.
More than half of patients with dementia also suffer from depression. If the depression remains untreated, the associated memory and cognitive problems worsen. Conversely, a significant history of depression seems to be a risk factor for dementia. (Pixabay)

Depression and dementia in the age of COVID-19: Two sides, one coin

Dementia and depression are two diagnoses that rob older adults of health and happiness. Despite their obvious differences, it is becoming ever more apparent that the two conditions are connected.
Tom Seaver at Shea Stadium in Flushing, N.Y. in 1969, when he led the once ‘Lovable Losers’ to the World Series. The Mets won, and many cited Seaver’s pitching mastery and leadership. Focus On Sport/Getty Images

Tom Seaver, like Robin Williams, had Lewy body dementia, but what is this strange illness? A neurologist explains

A pitcher known for his mental game as well as his physical prowess, Tom Seaver died this week from Lewy body dementia. A doctor explains this troubling form of dementia.
Your medical team should determine whether you have dementia or just normal memory loss due to aging. Fred Froese via Getty Images

Does forgetting a name or word mean that I have dementia?

September is Alzheimer's Awareness Month and therefore a good time to talk about dementia. Alzheimer's is the most common dementia, but there are others to be aware of, a gerontologist explains.

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