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Dementia Overtakes Heart Disease As Leading Cause Of Death

International Business Times

The latest report from the Office of National Statistics reveals that over 61,000 people died of dementia last year, making the chronic mental disorder the leading cause of death in England and Wales. Given the new statistics, dementia -- including Alzheimer's disease -- has now surpassed heart disease as the common cause of death in the ageing population. The new report also indicates that dementia accounts for 11.6 percent of recorded deaths in 2015, and this is due to the fact that people now live longer, making them more prone to develop diseases aside from ischemic heart diseases, which now account for 11.5 percent of registered deaths. Comparing the data collected from male and female deaths registered in 2015, heart disease remains to be the leading cause of death among men though the percentage has dropped from 14.8 percent in 2014 to 14.3 percent in 2015. On the other hand, dementia and Alzheimer's now account for 15.2 percent of deaths among women -- a big jump from the 13.4 percentage documented a year before.

For dementia patients and their families, isolation during the pandemic is a heavy burden

National Geographic

For a population that is particularly vulnerable to the mental consequences of social isolation, the barring of family visits, group activities, and communal dining in nursing homes and assisted living facilities has taken a unique toll. "The whole issue of isolation is huge right now," says Doug Pace, director of mission partnerships for the Alzheimer's Association, a Chicago-based national nonprofit focused on care, support, and research related to the disease. "Loneliness, helplessness, and boredom, we know, is something that, even in normal times, can really affect the quality of life of someone with dementia."

Physical exercise may worsen dementia, says study

Al Jazeera

Physical exercises do not slow down mental decline in people already diagnosed with dementia, and can even make it worse, according to a new study published on Thursday. A team of UK researchers wrote in the British Medical Journal that they do not recommend moderate to high intensity exercise as a treatment option for dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term that includes Alzheimer's disease, which describes a deterioration of mental ability such as memory, language, and ability to focus. Nearly 47.5 million people have dementia in the world, and many believe that regular exercises might prevent or delay mental illness. But recent experiments showing contradictory results have challenged this popular idea.

How To Care For Dementia And Alzheimer's Patients At Home

International Business Times

This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. LOS ANGELES -- Gary Carmona thought he could do it all. He's run companies and chaired nonprofit boards. But since his wife was diagnosed with dementia, Carmona, 77, has felt overwhelmed. "I really see myself at times crashing," he said.

Women are at greater risk of Alzheimer's than men due to wiring of the female brain

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Women are at greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease because the wiring of the female brain is more prone to damage, experts today revealed. It has long been known that the female of the species are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia as their male peers. But, a new study, is the first to explain why that is the case. The discovery offers hope of new drugs targeting a protective sheath that boosts communication between neurones, scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, said. Women are at greater risk of being diagnosed with dementia because the female brain is'more prone to damage' that can trigger Alzheimer's disease, a new study has found There are currently 5.4 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, while 850,000 in the UK are battling dementia.