When any kind of medical emergency befalls a family, it becomes possible to catch a glimpse – if only a glimpse – of what happens to the lives of those called upon to care for loved ones living with dementia.
For many of the nation’s 65 million family caregivers, sleep is an elusive luxury. In fact, a National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) study on caregiver health risks found 87 percent of those caregivers surveyed suffered from insomnia.
Being obese can dramatically increase the risk of developing dementia later in life. People who are obese in middle age are at almost four times greater risk of developing dementias such as Alzheimer's disease in later life than people of normal weight.