Thursday, March 20, 2014

New reports indicate that women are much more likely to develop major dementia before dying than men

Women are almost twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as men, according to the latest reports as aired on NBC News on March 19.
One in six women over 65 and one in eleven men will develop significant dementia.  The primary reason seems to be that women live longer. 
I do recall that at an Emeritus Facility, I was told that 70% of the memory-impaired residents were women.

The report also noted that about two-thirds of custodial caregiving is done by women.
There are also reports that some proteins, found in infant brains and controlled by genetics, may predict a much lower risk of dementia late in life.

Do some activities preserve intellectual function and short term memory?  How about chess?  How about jotting down dreams right after waking from them in order to train the short term memory to retain things.    

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