Being concerned about our memory is a common occurrence when we age. But which specific memory symptoms might indicate that we are developing dementia? And are there are other types of memory that are less affected by dementia? Let’s find out. ‘Fifty shades of memory’ People are often surprised that there is more than one … Continue reading Which memory symptoms are specific for dementia?
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
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
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
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?
A blood test for Alzheimer’s disease has been the ‘holy grail’ for dementia diagnostics for many years, if not decades. Not only would a simple blood test confirm a diagnosis much quicker but it would also allow better and earlier treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. However, only recently these blood tests coming into reality. Why did … Continue reading Blood tests for Alzheimer’s disease – Are they becoming a reality?
Changes in sleep patterns are very common in dementia. Once the disease advances these changes can develop into more severe sleep disturbances, with people having either problem falling asleep, waking up multiple times in the night or having increased daytime sleepiness. Sleep medication is often prescribed by clinicians in those cases, however, recent evidence suggests … Continue reading Sleep medication in dementia and its hidden risks
One of the most common question I get asked when giving public talks is: “What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?” So, let’s get this question out of the way first. Alzheimer’s disease is one type of dementia. More precisely Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for ~60-70% of … Continue reading How many types of dementia are there?
There has been for many decades a discussion as to whether women might be at a higher risk to develop dementia compared to men. The original notion for this idea came with the insight that more women than men were diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Epidemiologist [scientists specialised in health on a population level], … Continue reading Battle of the sexes – Are women at higher risk of developing dementia than men?