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Update: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors

Time for SharpBrains’ July e-newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, emerging brain health practices and insights…and some fun teasers.

New research

Let’s start with the key take-aways from a new and very insightful evidence review which found nine modifiable risk factors for dementia — accounting for 35% of all cases:
— Education by age 15 (during early life)
— Hypertension; Obesity; Hearing loss (in mid-life)
— Depression; Diabetes; Physical inactivity; Smoking; Low social contact (in later life)

New thinking

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Have a great August!

The SharpBrains Team

Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors

The Lancet Commission: One Third of Dementia May Be Preventable (Lancet report release):

“Today’s findings are extremely hopeful,” said Maria Carrillo, PhD, chief science officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. “At an individual level, many people have the potential to reduce their risk of cognitive decline, and perhaps dementia, through simple, healthful behavior changes. At a public health level, interventions based on this evidence could be extremely powerful in managing the global human and economic costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.” Read the rest of this entry »

New studies reinforce Education and Cognitive Reserve –instead of drugs targeting beta amyloid– as most promising avenue to prolong cognitive health and reduce dementia risk

dementia-progressionDementia Risk Declines, And Education May Be One Reason Why (NPR):

“Some encouraging news in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia: The rate at which older Americans are getting these conditions is declining. That’s according to Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Increased access to cognitive screenings in primary care settings serving older adults

healthcareITNovel Initiative Ups Cognitive Screening in Geriatric Patients (Medscape):

“A resident-run initiative in a geriatric clinic clearly shows that when screening for cognitive impairment becomes a priority, to screen all patients opens the door toward timely intervention and optimized outcomes in this high-risk population Read the rest of this entry »

10 ways in which Yoga Meditation helps nourish Body, Brain and Mind

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An easy, low cost, natural practice can help us boost our brain power, be healthier and more spiritually attuned as we age, and improve our quality of life and happiness. It could also reduce some of the staggering health care costs seen today.

Curious about what that practice is? Read the rest of this entry »

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