Memory

Memory

Failing memory is a serious concern as we grow older. While medical solutions for memory loss remain elusive, diet, exercise, socialization and lifelong learning can push back cognitive impairment.

What is dementia? It refers to memory loss and other cognitive problems that are severe enough to interrupt a person’s daily life. Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies are all types of dementia.

More than 5 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s disease—the most common form of dementia. By 2050, that number is expected to rise to 16 million Americans.

In Alzheimer’s disease, abnormal proteins called tau and beta-amyloid clump together to form deposits in the brain. These deposits gradually damage nerve cells and destroy areas of the brain. Vascular dementia often occurs after a stroke that damages blood vessels in the brain. The damaged vessels prevent enough blood from reaching brain tissues. People who have dementia with Lewy bodies have an abnormal buildup of a protein called alpha-synuclein in the brain. It’s possible to have a combination of these different dementia types, known as “mixed dementia.”

Dementia symptoms vary by type, but can include difficulty remembering names and events, trouble communicating, depression, poor judgment, confusion, behavior changes, and sleep disturbances. People who are suspected of having dementia will undergo a series of dementia tests, or Alzheimer’s tests, to determine whether they have lost memory and cognitive function. Doctors will ask the person and his or her family members about any memory problems and trouble completing daily activities.

Other tests involve evaluating memory, attention, problem-solving, and language skills. During these tests, the health care provider will ask the person a series of questions and assign tasks, such as remembering the names of common objects or drawing a face of a clock. Brain scans such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or positron emission tomography (PET) may also be done to assess brain structure and function.

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Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

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The statistics on vitamin and other dietary supplement use in the United States are staggering, and the numbers appear to be on the rise. A 2016 CRN Consumer Survey showed the percentage of Americans taking dietary supplements—everything from multi-vitamins to “brain vitamins” to calcium pills to weight-loss supplements—to be at  … Read More

Identifying Signs of Dementia

Identifying Signs of Dementia

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As you get older, it’s natural to be concerned about the possibility that you or a loved one will begin showing signs of dementia. In fact, among adults who are age 65 or older, one in nine will develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to the Alzheimer’s Association. How can you  … Read More

What Is Frontal Lobe Dementia?

What Is Frontal Lobe Dementia?

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Frontal lobe dementia or frontotemporal dementia (FTD) represents a unique group of neurodegenerative disorders that account for approximately 10 percent of all cases of dementia and tend to occur in people between the ages of 45 and 64. The symptoms of each disorder can vary, depending on the part of  … Read More

Is Losing Your Sense of Smell an Early Sign of Dementia?

Is Losing Your Sense of Smell an Early Sign of Dementia?

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Impaired olfactory function—a declining sense of smell—is associated with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as well as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). A recent study reveals that olfactory functioning naturally weakens in healthy older adults and is impaired, in terms of odor identification, in people with neurodegenerative conditions such as MCI and AD.  … Read More

Train Your Brain with Memory Improvement Games

Train Your Brain with Memory Improvement Games

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Regularly engaging in memory improvement games—training exercises that help you practice specific cognitive abilities (e.g., attention or processing speed)—seems to protect against memory loss better than memory strategies alone. So as we get older, it’s important to keep our minds moving.

Memory Improvement: Games, Tips, Advice
Cognitive training exercises—including memory improvement games—include  … Read More

Is Alzheimer’s Hereditary?

Is Alzheimer’s Hereditary?

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There are two types of Alzheimer’s disease—early-onset and late-onset. Both types have a genetic component, which leaves anyone who has relatives diagnosed with the condition wondering, “Is Alzheimer’s hereditary?” First, keep in mind that this is a very complex disease. Though your risk is higher if you have a family  … Read More

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