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Editor’s Note: Dealing With Memory Concerns

Many of my patients report having memory problems, most commonly beginning in their early 50s. Most people are afraid that they may be showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), especially if they have seen a family member affected by it. With more patients aging healthily into their 80s and beyond,

Identifying Signs of Dementia

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

5. Detecting Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s research has made great strides in recent years. Scientists have found new ways to diagnose the disease while it’s still in its early stages. Blood tests and brain scans may be able to spot the presence of beta-amyloid and other Alzheimer’s markers before symptoms appear. And although no definitive

Newsbriefs: Media Multitasking; Dementia; Depression; Grief

Simultaneous Use of Multiple Media May Change the Brain
Researchers interviewed 75 adults about their use of TV, print media, and personal media, and used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans to observe their brains. They found that study participants who reported most frequently using media to multitask had lower density

Stimulate Your Brain with a Trip Down Memory Lane

Regularly engaging in activities that challenge the brain has been shown to help slow cognitive decline in older adults, even those who may already be at risk for dementia. And since it appears that any enjoyable brain-taxing task can have a salutary effect, trying to recall the details from your

6 Ways to Shrink-Proof Your Brain

Researchers have good news for seniors who worry about memory loss. A recent study suggests that brain atrophy, even before any clear manifestation of disease, may be responsible for a significant proportion of age-related memory decline. Since previous research suggests that brain atrophy can be slowed and possibly even reversed

Ask the Doctor: Alzheimer’s Caregiving; Insomnia; Statin’s Effect on Memory

Ask the Doctor: Resources for AD Caregivers
Q. I enjoyed the article on Alzheimer’s caregiving in the November issue. Do you have any suggestions for agencies that provide resources for caregivers?

A. A number of agencies provide resources for Alzheimer’s caretakers. These include:

Eldercare Locator, a service of the Administration on Aging that

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