Comedy legend Wilder dies from Alzheimer’s disease
Gene Wilder, star of iconic films such as “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Young Frankenstein,” has died at the age of 83 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. His family said Wilder had been ill for an undisclosed period of time but opted to keep his condition private.
Post-traumatic stress disorder linked to cognitive impairment in 9/11 responders
A new study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring of World Trade Center responders reports that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be associated with cognitive impairment, a link previously observed in veterans. Researchers examined the connection between PTSD and cognitive impairment among 800 responders who helped with search, rescue and cleanup efforts following the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. Nearly 13 percent of study participants had scores indicative of cognitive impairment, while 1.2 percent had scores suggesting possible dementia.
Even a little exercise may help decrease the risk of developing dementia
Seniors who get little to no exercise have a 50 percent greater risk of dementia compared with those who regularly exercise in moderate or heavy amounts, new research shows. According to the researchers, brain scans of study participants showed those who exercised were better able to withstand the effects of aging on the brain. Study participants aged 75 or older gained the most protective benefit from exercise against the onset of dementia.
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