Common drugs, like sedating antihistamines such as Benadryl, are proving to be especially toxic to the aging brain. Recent research has linked several widely used drugs to lowering brain function and contributing to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Called “anticholinergic” drugs, they lower neurotransmitters and cause sedation. These drugs are in many allergy medications, painkillers, bladder control drugs and muscle relaxants, and some are widely available over-the-counter.
On Nov. 5, 1994, former President Ronald Reagan made public a handwritten letter to the American people announcing that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. “I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life,” he wrote.
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Many children and grandchildren of those who have lived with Alzheimer's have uncertain feelings around their own future health. Watch this enlightening video by global health and development specialist Alanna Shaikh - whose father has Alzheimer's - on her approach to a future that may include Alzheimer's. Shaikh presented "How I'm Preparing to Get Alzheimer's" at TEDGlobal 2012.