Physical activity and motor ability associated with better cognition in older adults, even with dementia
Encouraging evidence indicates that being more physically active is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and a slower rate of cognitive decline in older adults. But it remains unclear exactly how physical activity lowers this risk for Alzheimer’s disease. One theory is that physical activity is somehow preventing the formation of the damaging plaques and tangles that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s.
It’s well established that having a parent or sibling with Alzheimer’s increases a person’s risk of developing the disease. A new, NIA-supported study shows that even in the absence of close family members with Alzheimer’s, having extended family members with the disease increased a person’s risk. The findings, published April 9 in Neurology, could have implications for assessing risk using a broader view of family history.
Case Study: Remote Patient Care Applied to Home Health Care.
We recently visited a 81 year old Home Health Care patient who had previously lost her husband. She was receiving 3 x 4 hour blocks of home health care each day, but was still feeling anxious.
During the late afternoon, and sometimes in the middle of the night, "Mary" would become disoriented, anxious, and quite distressed. This is quite common for folks on the lighter end of the Dementia spectrum.