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What causes memory loss in old age?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Memory loss in old age often comes from Alzheimer's disease in combination with other forms of dementia, such as multi-infarct dementia, which is triggered by mini-strokes; dementia associated with neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's; or circulatory problems, such as atherosclerosis. Alzheimer's is implicated in 50% of all old-age dementia cases.

Most forms of dementia can be postponed or prevented with smoking cessation, a lifelong commitment to physical activity, healthy food choices and portion sizes, stress management, and having friends and a passion in life.

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