Getting a good night’s sleep and regularly brushing and flossing might help you and your loved ones in more ways than you think.
Besides making us feel more rested in the morning, good sleeping habits can decrease the buildup of beta-amyloid, a toxic protein that collects in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new report we feature in today’s newsletter. Peaceful, uninterrupted sleep may also boost the brain’s memory capacity, the study notes.
Researchers in our second study found that gum disease was linked to more rapid declines in memory and thinking skills in people with early stage Alzheimer’s. While brushing and flossing regularly won’t prevent Alzheimer’s, the researchers speculated that the chronic inflammation that causes gum and periodontal disease may, over time, plays a role in damaging the brain by exacerbating other symptoms or conditions.
Good sleeping habits and strong dental hygiene, along with positive mental and physical activities, social interaction, and a healthy diet, can go a long way to improving the lives of the elderly and the people who care for them.
I hope you will find these stories helpful. If you need more information, please visit our website www.alzinfo.org.
I wish you all a healthy and happy summer.
Be safe and all of my best.
President & CEO