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Due to the increased number of elderly people worldwide, nowadays one of the major medical and socio-economic challenges is to search strategies to combat the consequences of aging process, reducing the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia. Dementia is a clinical syndrome of chronic and progressive symptoms characterized by multiple cognitive deficits associated with aging, which includes impairment in memory and in other cognitive functions to the extent that it interferes with daily function. In the last years oxidative stress and inflammation have been pointed out as the leading causes of brain aging and neurodegeneration. Therefore,an approach for preventing some brain age-related diseases, such as dementia, may be the consumption or administration of polyphenols,which are natural compounds present in edible plants. Due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, polyphenolshave been suggested such as a beneficial strategy against the development of brain aging and neurodegeneration. This chapter summarizes the latest discoveries regarding how polyphenols exert positive effects combating the biochemical mechanisms that originate aging and dementia,such as oxidative stress, inflammation and the aggregation of abnormal folding proteins, among others.
Dementia is increasingly becoming a critical issue in countries with ageing populations. In some, the rate is relatively lower as the age of the 'elderly' population is relatively young, the mortality rate among dementia patients is high and there may be an underestimation of the extent of the problem due to the difficulty of the diagnosis of dementia. The most frequently observed neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimers' Dementia (AD) are night-time behavior and apathy as measured by the neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI). These symptoms interfere with the quality of life (QoL) for both patients and caregivers and may be an important factor in the decision-making on how to manage an elderly person's disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health in terms of "Quality of Life (QOL) as an individual's perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns" . The basic concept of QOL includes categories such as physical function and mental health. However, actual health-related QOL is a complex problem since most elderly people have several chronic diseases and decreased physical functions with aging.