Smoking and dementia risk Smoking has been known for a long time to increase the risk for dementia. But how does smoking increase our risk for dementia? Is nicotine by itself increase our risk for dementia? How about vaping, does this also increase our risk for dementia? Let’s find out. Smoking and health consequences It … Continue reading Smoking and dementia risk
Families and carers of people with dementia often report that the person with dementia seems to be increasingly ‘living in the past’. It seems a strange symptom, as people with dementia can often recall detailed events from long ago but have difficulties remembering what just happened a few days ago. How is this symptom caused … Continue reading ‘Living in the past’ memory symptom
Rare dementia series: Corticobasal degeneration One of the least understood rare forms of dementia is Corticobasal degeneration. Many people will have never heard of this type of dementia, including many clinicians and healthcare professionals. So, let’s explore Corticobasal degeneration. What type of dementia is it? And does it overlap with other dementias? Let’s find out. … Continue reading Rare dementia series – Corticobasal degeneration
Alcohol and dementia – Many people are not aware that alcohol consumption can be a potential risk factor for dementia. How can alcohol influence our risk for dementia? Is this a risk we need to be aware of when consuming alcohol? Let’s find out. Alcohol Alcohol is the most common accepted societal drug. Most of … Continue reading Alcohol and dementia
Alzheimer’s disease vs. vascular dementia – Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia are the two most common forms of dementia. For some people, they can even overlap, resulting in mixed dementia. But what is the difference between the two? And how can you have both types of dementia at the same time? Let’s find out. Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Alzheimer’s disease vs vascular dementia
Menopause and dementia risk – Does menopause increase women’s risk for dementia? It might be a surprising question but there is increasing evidence that the hormonal changes during menopause can have a significant impact on our cognitive health and future dementia risk. Continue reading Menopause and dementia risk
Some forms of rare dementia can be very difficult to diagnose, not only because they are rare but also because their symptoms are not as ‘clear cut’ and overlap with other neurodegenerative diseases. Dementia with Lewy Bodies is such a rare dementia since it can present with highly variable symptoms and its symptoms overlap with … Continue reading Rare dementia series – Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Music and its impact on dementia Music is an integral part of our lives, not only does it seems to ‘lift our spirit’ but also enhance our lives on so many levels. The same is true for people with dementia, where there has been an increasing focus on music, and specifically music therapy, to improve … Continue reading Music and its impact on dementia
Can sport increase our risk for dementia? We all know that physical activity and in particular exercise is good for us and our brain. Large scale population-level (epidemiological) studies have shown time and again how higher levels of physical activity and exercise can reduce our future risk for dementia by up to a whopping 40%! … Continue reading Can sport increase our risk for dementia?
What is brain shrinkage/’atrophy’ in dementia When receiving a diagnosis of dementia, many people hear for the first time the term brain ‘atrophy’. The term is usually given by the clinician providing the diagnosis when discussing their brain scan. For example, “you have mild atrophy in your brain, suggesting that you might have the early … Continue reading What is brain shrinkage/’atrophy’ in dementia?