Risk-Based Dementia Prevention

Explore how to recognize and help people manage modifiable risk factors for dementia such as hypertension, diabetes, head injury.

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The article below examines the impact of blood glucose levels at the high end of the normal range on cognitive performance.

An association is found between high 'normal' blood glucose levels and decreased brain volume and decreased cognitive

performance.

 

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0073697

 A recent randomized clinical trial suggests that a Mediterranean diet, including
extra virgin olive oil or mixed nuts, may  improve cognitive functioning
in older adults, aged 55-80 years old, as compared to a low fat diet.

The article can be viewed using the link below:

http://jnnp.bmj.com/content/early/2013/04/19/jnnp-2012-304792.full

 

As part of the Duke University Health Equity Academy, we have the opportunity to host distinguished researchers who are focusing on reducing health disparities.

April's lunch and learn presentation was focused on leveraging knowledge of socio-economic determinants of health to create more inclusive healthcare delivery and training environments.

Click on the link attached to listen to her presentation.  I have also attached the slides which provide a lot of food for thought.

Hi Everyone, I am conducting a pilot study with the geriatric population where I work using an intervention that enhances mindfulness on overall well being.  The intervention is known as Heart Assisted Therapy-SR (HAT-SR).  HAT-SR is a non-invasive breathing technique that increases awareness and acceptance by centering on the heart.  Individuals place their hands on their heart, clear their mind, perform a breathing technique and repeat an acceptance statement (Diepold, 2006, Diepold, 2013).

It is well established that lifestyle choices which help manage blood pressure help

prevent vascular dementia. The impact of lifestyle choices very late in life  is less well

established. The link below is an article which says that among the oldest old,

physical activity may play a role in preventing dementia.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1064748113001693

 

Please Note:

This information comes from the Start with Your Heart brochure from the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force.

I have recently been appointed to a National Advisory Group on development of a Uniform Curriculum on Alzheimer's Disease.

Part of the work involves reviewing an existing set of materials developed by a group in Minnesota called "Act on Alzheimer's"

Note that all of the materials can be used by anyone for free - -you just can't sell them!

Please consider reviewing some of these materials, and giving me your feedback on how you might use them in your own work.

What other content would you like to see developed?

The links below are two interesting articles that discuss the possibility that cocoa flavanols

may positively impact cognitive functioning. While this evidence is preliminary, it suggests

that there may be preventative benefits from adding cocoa flavanols in moderation to an otherwise

healthy diet, preferably instead of less healthy food choices.

 

This article points out the value of protecting the brain over time.
It offers those who care for patients a way to promote
a healthy lifestyle and help prevent dementia at the same time.
Encouraging patients to wear good quality, properly fitting helmets while cycling,
drive defensively, and use great caution if they get on ladders
may reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury and hence dementia.

 

http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/136/1/28.long

 

 

The Link Below offers the following information:

How Blood Pressure is Checked

Risk Factors You Cannot Control

Risk Factors You Can Control

Setting Goals for Blood Pressure Management Over Time

Blood Pressure Management

Idea #1.1:  Focus on improving BP control in the community as a strategy to prevent dementia or its progression.

Inspired by:  Research has shown that paying attention to BP control in someone's 40s or 50s can make a difference in the development of small strokes that can lead to vascular dementia.