The Aging Brain Problem You've Never Heard Of

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While leading a fall prevention workshop recently, I mentioned that an older person’s 

walking and balance problems might well be related to the presence of “small vessel ischemic changes” in the brain, which are very common in aging adults.

Your best bet for preventing or slowing down cerebral SVD may be to properly treat high blood pressure and other risk factors before you are 80.

Well, they don’t happen to every older person, but they do happen to the vast majority of them. In fact, one study of older adults aged 60 to 90 found that 95 percent of them showed signs of these changes on brain MRI.

In other words, if your older parent ever gets an MRI of the head, he or she will probably show some signs of these changes.

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