SUPPORT FOR OLDER ADULTS WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Dementia Starts in Childhood

The medical journal Lancet reports that at least 35% of seniors who suffer memory loss have exposures to harms as early as birth and that if we resolve these harms we can preserve independence and dignity for magnitudes of people.

The Los Angeles Times published an article July 20, 2017, that proposes more than 1 in 3 cases of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia are linkable to factors like inadequate education, obesity, hearing loss, and smoking. The highlight is that all these factors are preventable if we focus on prevention.

The article urges determination by doctors, communities, and governments to embrace universal preschool, senior visiting clubs, accessible exercise, resources for healthy diets, and overall expansion of preventive health care.

Dr. Lon Schneider, an Alzheimer’s Disease specialist at USC’s Keck School of Medicine is one of the senior authors of this report, he is certain that the roadmap developed can reduce the global burden of dementia. Read the full article HERE.

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