19815 Bay Branch Rd
Andalusia, Alabama 36420
(334) 222-2523
HELPLINE: 1-877-530-0002



Facebook    

 

SCAMHC is an approved Mental Health site for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment program.  Find out the program details and see if you qualify by visiting: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/

SCAMHC is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer and maintains a Drug-Free Workplace

 

 

 

 


powered by centersite dot net
Alzheimers Disease and other Cognitive Disorders
Resources
Basic Information
Introduction & Causes of Cognitive DisordersDementiaAlzheimer's DiseaseOther Cognitive DisordersDementia Coping Skills & Behavior ManagementTraumatic Brain Injury (TBI)Conclusion and Resources
More InformationLatest News
Active Brain and Body Are Powerful Weapons Against DementiaAre Hearing Loss, Mental Decline Related?Education No Match Against Alzheimer'sCould Gut Bacteria Be Linked to Dementia Risk?Plunging Temperatures a Threat to People With Alzheimer'sBlood Test Might Yield Early Warning of Alzheimer'sFrailty a Risk Factor for DementiaAHA: Blood Pressure May Explain Higher Dementia Risk in BlacksSleep Patterns May Offer Clues to Alzheimer'sDoes Alzheimer's Unfold Differently in Black Patients?Health Tip: Caring for a Person With Alzheimer'sCan Alzheimer's Be Spread? Mouse Study Hints It's PossibleDoctors' Office Dementia Tests Are Often Wrong: StudyAlzheimer's Vaccine Shows Promise in MiceKey Strategies When Caring for a Loved One With DementiaFor Down Syndrome Adults, Death and Dementia Often Come TogetherAHA: What's the Blood Pressure Connection to Alzheimer's Disease?Could Diabetes Drugs Help Curb Alzheimer's?Hard Arteries Hard on the Aging Brain?Widely Used Antipsychotics May Not Ease Delirium in ICUCould Herpes Virus Help Cause Alzheimer's?Map of Mouse Hippocampus Could Be Weapon Against Alzheimer'sHealth Tip: 10 Signs of Alzheimer'sA-Fib Tied to Higher Odds for DementiaAlzheimer's Gene Tied to 'Chemo Brain' in Breast Cancer SurvivorsDiabetes, Dementia Can Be Deadly CombinationWhat's the Dollar Cost of Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer's?Exercise May Delay Rare Form of Alzheimer'sAHA: Stiffening of Blood Vessels May Point to Dementia RiskU.S. Alzheimer's Cases to Nearly Triple by 2060Daytime Drowsiness a Sign of Alzheimer's?Exercise May Boost Brain Power in Alzheimer's, Mouse Study SuggestsSeverity of Alzheimer's Can Vary by SeasonHealth Tip: Help Kids Understand Alzheimer'sWith Stroke Comes Higher Dementia Risk: StudyEyes Could Be Window to Predicting Alzheimer'sDialysis Linked to Dementia in SeniorsWhen Head Injuries Make Life Too Hard, Suicide Risk May RiseMore Alzheimer's Gene Links FoundEye Disease Link to Alzheimer's SeenHow Severe Brain Injuries Might Trigger DementiaAlzheimer's Drug Trial Offers New Hope, But Uncertainty, TooGet Dizzy Upon Standing? It Could Be Sign of Dementia RiskSleeping Pills May Be Poor Choice for Dementia PatientsVirtual Reality as a Window Into DementiaThe Right Lighting Can Calm Alzheimer's PatientsCould Pot-Linked Drug Help Ease Agitation in Alzheimer's?Many Americans With Dementia Don't Know They Have It: StudyHaving More Kids Tied to Lower Odds of Alzheimer's in WomenWhy Alzheimer's May Be Tougher to Spot in Women
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Aging & Geriatrics
Memory Problems
Elder Care

Frailty a Risk Factor for Dementia

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Jan 18th 2019

new article illustration

FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Frailty is associated with a higher risk of both Alzheimer's disease and its crippling symptoms, a new study shows.

"By reducing an individual's physiological reserve, frailty could trigger the clinical expression of dementia when it might remain asymptomatic in someone who is not frail," said study leader Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

"This indicates that a 'frail brain' might be more susceptible to neurological problems like dementia as it is less able to cope with the pathological burden," he added.

The study included 456 adults in Illinois, aged 59 and older, who did not have Alzheimer's when first enrolled in the Rush Memory and Aging Project. They underwent annual assessments of their mental and physical health, and their brains were examined after they died.

By their last assessment, 53 percent of the participants had been diagnosed with possible or probable Alzheimer's disease.

For the physical assessments, the researchers created a frailty index using 41 components, including fatigue, joint and heart problems, osteoporosis, mobility and meal preparation abilities.

Overall, 8 percent of the participants had significant Alzheimer's disease-related brain changes without having been diagnosed with dementia, and 11 percent had Alzheimer's but little evidence of disease-related brain changes.

Those with higher levels of frailty were more likely to have both Alzheimer's disease-related brain changes and symptoms of dementia, while others with substantial brain changes, but who were not frail, had fewer symptoms of the disease.

After adjusting for age, sex and education, the researchers concluded that frailty and Alzheimer's disease-related brain changes independently contribute to dementia, though they could not prove that frailty caused Alzheimer's and its symptoms.

The investigators also said there was a significant association between frailty and Alzheimer's-related brain changes after they excluded activities of daily living from the frailty index and adjusted for other risk factors such as stroke, heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes.

The study was published Jan. 17 in The Lancet Neurology journal.

"This is an enormous step in the right direction for Alzheimer's research," Rockwood said in a journal news release. "Our findings suggest that the expression of dementia symptoms results from several causes, and Alzheimer's disease-related brain changes are likely to be only one factor in a whole cascade of events that lead to clinical symptoms."

Understanding frailty could help predict and prevent dementia, Dr. Francesco Panza, from the University of Bari Aldo Moro in Italy, wrote in an accompanying editorial.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about Alzheimer's disease.