How Brain Scans Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

When the signs are recognized, Alzheimer’s disease can be identified in the early stages. However, even when forgetfulness and other indicators are present, the diagnostic process is not always straightforward. Alzheimer’s disease cannot be determined by a single blood test and the evaluation often requires multiple specialists to consult. Also, one set of tests may…

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Understanding the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Many people use the terms “Alzheimer’s disease” and “dementia” interchangeably. However, there are several key differences between these two medical conditions. For one, dementia is a broadly applied term used to describe cognitive decline; Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia and the most common cause. As older adults are more at risk for both…

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The Basics of Joint Health for Seniors

Many older adults with joint pain may have difficulty walking, standing or sitting. This can impact mobility, flexibility, quality of life and increase fall risk. You may think joint pain is an unavoidable fact of aging but ignoring it can mask other health concerns that should be addressed. Here’s what you should know. How Joint…

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Common Dietary Deficiencies in Older Adults

As we age, lean body mass and metabolic rate decrease. In turn, the body no longer effectively absorbs certain minerals and vitamins. As elderly adults can have smaller appetites and a lower caloric requirement, they may need more nutrients than before. Their lifestyle habits also differ, which can affect what foods are consumed. As a…

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