May 17 • 28M

Good News About Dementia

A new book explains how to prevent it - and it's not too late.

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Don Akchin
The EndGame podcast discusses every aspect of positive aging. Geared to listeners who are "chronologically gifted," it gives voice to authors, experts, and ordinary people who have helpful perspectives and advice for elders. The focus is on aging with joy and purpose.
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In their new book Dementia Prevention: Using Your Head to Save Your Brain, Emily and Mitchell Clionsky explain that we can control much of the risk of contracting dementia. Emily, a physician, and Mitchell, a neuropsychologist, offer important insights in this informative interview about things we can do to prevent dementia. Among the topics covered:

  • How to distinguish between normal aging and serious mental impairment.

  • Why eating the right foods is not the most effective prevention tool.

  • Half the people correctly diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment can actually get better - or at least, no worse.

  • A five-minute assessment tool can diagnose dementia - or reassure you that you haven’t got it.

  • The value of getting diagnosed early.

    The book is available from the Johns Hopkins Press.

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