Healthy Aging

The Caregiver Crisis: Rising Demand, Short Supply Puts Elderly at Risk

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

As the population ages, the need for eldercare is soaring. Yet the number of people willing and able to provide these services is falling short. The impending eldercare gap is one of the biggest public health challenges confronting the nation, an issue that will sooner or later touch just about everyone regardless of race, creed, ethnicity or economic status. But nobody really wants to talk about it.

Dancing to the End of Life: Movement Therapy Transforms Eldercare

By Ali Schechter, R-DMT, LCAT, Contributing Writer

Say the word “dance” and most people think of young, able-bodied people moving freely. It’s not something we typically associate with the end of life. But dance/movement therapy, offers profound physical and cognitive benefits for the eldery, even those with limited mobility.

Magnesium Has Role in Reducing Dementia Risk

By Krystal Krisciunas, Contributing Writer

Recent research suggests that magnesium plays a role in neuroplasticity, and that supplementation with this important mineral could help to prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of age-related dementia. 

A Role for N-Acetyl Cysteine in Treating Parkinson's Disease

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

People with Parkinson’s disease may benefit from supplementation with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University recently showed that Parkinson’s patients who took NAC daily for three month showed significant improvements of mental and physical abilities, as well as beneficial changes on brain imaging. 

Gram-negative Bacteria Implicated in Alzheimer’s Pathology

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

University of California researchers have discovered the presence of marker compounds from Gram-negative bacteria--including Escherichia coli--in brain tissue from people with Alzheimer's disease, providing further support for the notion that there is a microbial component in the etiology of this common form of dementia.

Losing Ourselves to Diabetes…Then Alzheimer’s

By Erik Goldman

Alzheimer’s affects about 5.4 million Americans, and that number is expected to rise. In part, it’s being driven by the rampant prevalence of diabetes.The epidemiology is clear: people with type 2 diabetes are nearly twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as non-diabetics.

Anticholinergic Meds: Bad News For Aging Brains

By Jeannie Hall, Contributing Writer

People who take Benadryl every night to sleep should probably think seriously about an alternative method….if they can remember to do so. A recent report published in JAMA Internal Medicine,  provides convincing evidence that frequent and long-term use of anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl raise the risk of dementia.