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Ottawa releases first national dementia strategy

Canada’s Minister of Health announced the release of the first national dementia strategy on Monday. It focuses on prevention, advancing therapies and finding a cure, as well as improving the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers.» 

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Stave off dementia with a healthy lifestyle, advises WHO

New guidelines from the United Nations’ World Health Organization suggest that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting a healthy lifestyle. The advice is to get regular exercise, not smoke, avoid harmful use of alcohol, control weight,» 

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Low scam awareness predicts dementia: study

A new study has found that decreased awareness about phone scams may be an early indicator of impending Alzheimer dementia and its precursor, mild cognitive impairment. Researchers at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago tested 151 people for their» 

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Heart conditions, stroke, dementia are linked, finds study

A new report has found that people who have one vascular condition are at a significantly higher risk of developing another, including a brain-related condition and possibly dementia. The report from the non-profit, Heart & Stroke, found much deeper connections» 

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Frailty is a key risk for dementia, say researchers

A new study has found that frailty is a key risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Frailty was determined by tallying things like fitness, chronic illness, mobility and ability to function. The study was a» 

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Canada working toward national dementia strategy

It’s a bit of scary statistic: one in five baby boomers will likely develop dementia. A new report looks at how to improve the lives of those living with dementia and that of their caregivers. One of the authors is» 

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Dementia: caregivers get online help

Caring for a friend or relative with dementia can be difficult and stressful, so two Canadian doctors have developed a free, online program to help such informal caregivers. “What we saw was the challenges faced by informal family caregivers today,”» 

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Heavy drinkers have triple the risk for dementia: study

A comprehensive study of data from the population of France shows that people who were admitted to hospital for alcohol-related problems had three times the risk of having dementia and especially early-onset dementia. It’s likely the conclusions would apply to» 

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Why it’s getting harder to listen to someone in a crowd

You’re at a party, or a gathering or crowd of some sort and there’s a lot of background noise. You’re trying to have a conversation with someone but it’s hard to understand them. It’s probably your age, and not your» 

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Study shows brisk walk may ease a form of dementia

A brisk walk appears to improve brain function in people who have cognitive impairment related to diseased blood vessels, according to a recent study. So-called vascular cognitive impairment is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. It»