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August 7, 2013   

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Older adults with anemia may have increased risk of dementia

Older adults who have anemia — lower than normal levels of red blood cells — may have an increased risk of developing dementia, new research suggests. In a study of more than 2,500 men and women in their 70s, researchers found a 60 percent increased risk of dementia with anemia. The researchers said that given how common dementia and anemia are in older adults, paying more attention to the connection is important; however, they caution that the connection does not prove that anemia plays a part in causing dementia.
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As nation ages, health care costs figure to be a concern

According to a new survey, the United States must ready itself for the onslaught of aging adults fueled by the baby boom generation. One in three seniors die with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia; experts on aging say improving health care is one area crucial to the nation's future.
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Man takes long walk to Atlanta to raise money to fight Alzheimer's

William Glass of Lombard, Ill., has set off on a 750-mile trek to Atlanta — on foot — to help fight Alzheimer's disease. He hopes to raise $10,000 for the Alzheimer's Association in part to honor his mother, Eileen, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2010: "I just want to get out the awareness of how many more people have this disease and how much more funding we need."
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