Tag: Alzheimer

Games, crafts, other activities may safeguard aging brain

CHICAGO (AP) — Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities including web-surfing, playing bridge and socializing can stave off mental decline, new research says. Benefits were greatest in computer users and in those without a gene variation linked with Alzheimer’s disease. But even among seniors with that trait, mental decline that sometimes precedes dementia was less common among those who engaged in mind-stimulating activities. The results don’t apply to costly, computer-based games that purport to keep the brain sharp – those were not studied. The benefits were found from activities that many seniors have access to. "They don’t...

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Warnings After Several Silver Alerts

RGV (KFXV) — Just a few hours ago an alert caused commotion for authorities and the community. A silver alert was emitted for 86 year-old, Maynard Maywood who suffers of a cognitive impairment. Right now Maywood is back home safely. Authorities feared for his life since they consider him a danger to himself. This is not the first time a Silver Alert is sent out for the valley. Fox 2 News spoke to experts who say it’s crucial to be informed about these illnesses that affect the elderly population. They also add they should be under supervision at all...

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Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, has died at 64

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women’s game from obscurity to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning. She was 64. With an icy glare on the sidelines, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and prominence on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012. Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most....

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‘Deaths of despair’ drag life expectancy lower for whites

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides, and disease from chronic alcoholism — labeled “deaths of despair” by one expert — are cutting the lives of white Americans short by nearly a half a year on average. Increases in these types of deaths among whites means that life expectancy for whites is not increasing as fast as it is for other groups, according to a government report that offers an unusual look at how different threats are affecting U.S. lifespans. “Things are moving in the wrong direction,” said Anne Case, a Princeton University researcher, of what...

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Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer’s decline

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are peeking inside living brains to watch for the first time as a toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer’s disease — and those tangles may predict early symptoms, a finding with implications for better treatments. It’s not clear exactly what causes Alzheimer’s. Its best-known hallmark is the sticky amyloid that builds into plaques coating patients’ brains, but people can harbor a lot of that gunk before losing memories. Now new PET scans show those plaques’ co-conspirator — the tangle-causing protein tau — is a better marker of patients’ cognitive decline and...

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