Ask the Doctors

Allan R. Handysides and Peter N. Landless

Peter N. Landless, a board-certified nuclear cardiologist, is director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department. Allan R. Handysides, a board-certified gynecologist, is a former director of the General Conference Health Ministries Department.

Dementia

Both my husband’s parents developed Alzheimer’s disease in later life. I would like to do everything I can to help my husband avoid it. Do you have advice?

Current data suggests that your husband is at increased risk compared to a person who has no family history of Alzheimer’s; however, the condition is prevalent enough that we are all probably at some risk.

Some studies indicate that as many as one in 10 people who reach the age of 65 will develop dementia, along with its attendant loss of cognitive function. In fact, one in three of those reaching the age of 85 will have developed some features of dementia. The capacity for abstract …

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