Unhealthy middle age can lead to dementia: expert

The China Post
Date: November 27, 2016

TAIPEI–People with obesity or abnormal health examination reports face six times the risk of getting dementia 20 years later, a European expert on the medicine of aging said in Taipei Wednesday.

Jean-Pierre Michel, co-founder of the European Academy of Medicine of Aging (EAMA) and former president of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), said that parents should teach their children to maintain a healthy diet and to avoid smoking.

Healthy aging is not only having no illness, but maintaining a good quality of life and functional capacity, said Michel.

Doctors, nurses and social workers should learn the medicine of aging and cooperate with each other to ensure that the elderly can enjoy healthy twilight years, he said.

Japanese scholar Takao Suzuki said at a forum on the medicine of aging that prevention measures are the key for people aged 65-74, in the early stages of old age, because symptoms of being feeble or frail are forks in the road between health and illness.    [FULL  STORY]

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