Study finds link between memory loss in seniors and silent strokes

Alan Wu

December 29, 2011

Study finds link between memory loss in seniors and silent strokesUnderstanding neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia is crucial to helping sufferers in the future. A recent study published in the journal Neurology looked to find if seniors who suffer from silent strokes, or small spots of dead brain cells, are more likely to have memory loss compared to elderly people who haven't had a stroke.

To test this, researchers recruited 658 people over the age of 65 without dementia, with each undergoing MRI brain scans. Participants then took part in tests that measured their memory, language, speed at understanding information and visual perception. From the scan results, researchers noticed that 174 seniors suffered from silent strokes. Those participants also scored "somewhat" worse on memory tests during the study.

Although these answers aren't concrete, more testing will be done to see if there is actually a stronger connection.

Seniors living alone have no time to prepare for a stroke, heart attack or even a fall. Many times these instances leave them vulnerable and unable to call for assistance. Because of this, elderly people living alone may want to install senior alert systems into their houses as these wearable devices call for help with just a push of a button.