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October 11, 2017
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High blood pressure may increase dementia risk for women
Women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s may be more vulnerable to dementia later in life, a new study shows. Researchers reported that the increased risk could be as high as 73 percent. While additional research is necessary, the findings suggest that high blood pressure may play a role in brain health earlier than previously thought. Men in this study did not have a similar risk from high blood pressure in their 40s, which also deserves further investigation.

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Music and art can enrich the lives of people living with Alzheimer's
Music and art allow for self-expression and engagement, even after Alzheimer's or another dementia has progressed. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues common in the middle-stages of the disease, and art can provide an opportunity for self-expression.
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Proper grooming can help person living with dementia maintain self-esteem
Helping a person living with dementia maintain his or her appearance can promote positive self-esteem. These tasks may become frustrating for a person living with Alzheimer's in the later stages of the disease, but planning can help simplify the process.
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