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    Suze-Q, I am not doing Yoga, but still want to. Of all the exercises I have done this always fit me best and is the one I would stick with. I will try again soon.
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    I think I'm going to, too. I've saved some on my PVR, but just haven't gotten around to doing them yet.

    But I think I'm going to do them this week. I also felt really good when I used to go regularly to a yoga class. I think I'll need to get myself reacquainted with it again though before I go to a group class because I'm afraid I'll fall over if I try to balance on one leg straight off.

    So we'll see how it goes this week. Good luck to us!
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    Thanks for reminding us about the importance of that standing-on-one-leg exercise in maintaining balance. That's one I've been forgetting to do but I know it's highly recommended.
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    Snow is cleared (6" overnight) and now the thermometer reads 46 degrees and everything is melting. Program is ready, boarding passes printed, I am packed and will be in Charlotte this time tomorrow on my way to Lexington.

    I love that you all are educating yourselves and the rest of us on the cognitive ramifications of use of some medications. One Dr (a sleep specialist) told me that benzos taken daily do more cognitive damage than 3-4 alcoholic drinks a day.

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    Best to you on your travel, Cherie.

    We got 12” in our part of the City. Peter shoveled walkways and I hired a local guy thru the Nextdoor App to do the driveway. $15 an hour. That’s cheap for here. The landscape guy charges $58 a man-hour to clear snow.

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    Here is a list of anticholinergic drugs:

    https://www.theseniorlist.com/medica...inergic-drugs/

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    Linda, I'd never heard that about oxbutynin, which I took for a while, and so I looked it up. I found only "memory impairment" mentioned, and it seems to be rare:

    https://www.rxlist.com/ditropan-drug.htm#interactions
    My neurologist told me at my last appointment. She was concerned that I was electing to continue taking it and increasing the dose. All I know is that it is allowing me to go out in public again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunshine View Post
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    Here is a list of anticholinergic drugs:

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    Yup. Oxybutinin is on the list.
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    Linda, I thought you were doing the botox injections like Cat does.

    I am not on any of the medications that are on these lists. However, I am on others that I am sure would be detrimental to my cognition, such as the diazepam and I am also on primidone.
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    Virginia, like Cherie, I, too, was one that had concerns about the risks of dementia and cognitive problems with benzodiazepine use. After the first reports started coming out, I began tapering off too.

    I asked a doctor a couple years ago, but he said that no actual causality has been made between the two, even if a correlation has been found, the research had been conflated to a cause/effect when that hadn't been established.

    I just looked it up.

    This was probably the original publication that set off the headlines, it was by a doctoral candidate who reported that: "The researchers observed a significantly greater likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease with benzodiazepine use of 90 or more consecutive days (adjusted odds ratio, 1.51) and with daily exposure to benzodiazepines for 180 or more days (adjusted OR, 1.84)."

    She found greater correlation for longer acting benzodiazepines than shorter acting ones.

    https://www.mdedge.com/neurology/art...-increase-risk

    But this other publication followed a couple years later, and it found that: "In conclusion, we found a slightly higher risk of dementia in people with the lowest benzodiazepine use, but no increased risk in those with the highest level of exposure. … Overall, our pattern of findings does not support the theory that cumulative benzodiazepine use at the levels observed in our population is causally related to an increased risk for dementia or cognitive decline."

    https://www.mdedge.com/neurology/art...-dementia-risk

    Here is another study last year out of Finland that showed a small increased risk of Alzheimer’s with benzodiazepine use:

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0813100252.htm

    So, I think my doctor was right, we don't have to be as concerned that there is an irrefutable and strong relationship between benzodiazepine use and cognitive decline. The research isn't as robust as the first headlines appeared to show.
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