A group of older people in exercise clothes stretch while sitting on the grass in a park.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging, 5.7 million people in the U.S. have dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease accounting for most cases, followed by vascular-related causes. 

The frontal lobe is indicated here in red, the area closest to the front of the forehead.

Part two of a four-part series

Hands scrub, soap up, and lather under a stream of water.

Sepsis is a condition in which infection runs rampant. It is essentially your immune system going into overdrive in an effort to fight an infection that is spreading throughout your body. In its most severe form, it can cause a life-threatening situation called septic shock, in which your organs become severely damaged and your blood pressure is dangerously low. 

“[The temporal lobe’s] primary role is to integrate and interpret sensory input, both audio and visual. It also plays a significant role in several other functions, such as language, memory, and spatial navigation.”

Many factors can be responsible for symptoms that develop due to dementia-related illness. Some symptoms, however, develop because of damage in specific areas of the brain.

An older white person shows off their shoulders, with a brown mole in the center of the back.

Your skin is your largest organ and protects you from numerous hazards. But as you age, you need to return the favor and protect it.

A box of generic statin medication sits next to a stethoscope on top of a piece of paper that says "Cholesterol Test"

A class of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins have been widely prescribed for several years. Statins decrease harmful fats in the blood (low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides), while increasing beneficial cholesterol called high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

This drawing of the human body shows the thyroid gland lit up in red.

Your thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits above your collarbone. You probably don’t give much thought to the health of your thyroid, like you do about heart health, but you might be surprised at how much it affects your bodily systems. Its main job is to produce hormones that regulate your heart, breathing, digestion, and bodily temperature.

A woman in a pink t-shirt works with a therapist, exercising her hands.

Statistics on stroke from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that it’s the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. In addition, stroke is the leading cause of significant long-term disability. Strokes can cause paralysis, seizures, chronic pain, and cognitive dysfunction.

An older woman looks out the window

Mental health is as important as physical health. In fact, studies show that good mental health can make physical health better. 

Disorders affecting seniors