TREM2 protein seems to protect brain cells from toxic TDP-43 protein

Abnormal, aggregated forms of TDP-43 protein play a role in the development of certain brain diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Recently, NIA-supported Mayo Clinic researchers discovered that TREM2, a protein found on certain immune cells, can help protect the brain from TDP-43-related harm. The… Continue reading TREM2 protein seems to protect brain cells from toxic TDP-43 protein

 Social Isolation Can Harm Mental and Physical Health in Seniors.

A growing body of research reveals how social isolation can harm mental and physical health in seniors. One Brigham Young University study suggests loneliness is as deadly as smoking or obesity, while researchers at the University of Chicago note blood pressure and stress levels are significantly higher in lonely people. Cleveland Clinic Center for Geriatric Medicine Section Chief Dr.… Continue reading  Social Isolation Can Harm Mental and Physical Health in Seniors.

How to Notice Signs of Functional Decline in Seniors

A female doctor pushing a senior patient on a wheelchair in a hospital, looking at each other and smiling.

Learn the Signs of Functional Decline To determine whether or not your loved one may need elderly care or another senior service, you need to know the signs of functional decline. Keep in mind that functional decline relates to physical and cognitive function, so you need to be aware of the signs of decline for both. Signs… Continue reading How to Notice Signs of Functional Decline in Seniors

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