Tag: cognitive impairment

Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

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

Anticholinergic Drugs May Cause Serious Side Effects

Research increasingly points to an association between anticholinergic medications—a class of drugs commonly used by older adults—and an increased rate of emergency department and hospital utilization in the U.S.
Anticholinergic medications interfere with the actions of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which relays signals between brain cells to promote memory, attention, and many

What Is Frontal Lobe Dementia?

What Is Frontal Lobe Dementia?

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

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

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

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.

Memory Aids Can Help Compensate for Mild Cognitive Impairment

Are you having trouble remembering a name? Using the wrong word in a sentence? Forgetting where you put something? Having difficulty staying focused?

If your answer is “yes” to one or more of the questions above, you may be among the 10 to 15 percent of adults over the age of

Why Do People Snore?

Why Do People Snore?

Snoring is an incredibly common problem—more than half of the respondents in a National Sleep Foundation poll said other people had told them they snore. Among those who snore, 64 percent say their snoring can be as loud as talking, and one in six say they snore so loudly it

Train Your Brain with Memory Improvement Games

Train Your Brain with Memory Improvement Games

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

Stay Sharp: 4 Powerful Research-Proven Supplements for Cognitive Health

Stay Sharp: 4 Powerful Research-Proven Supplements for Cognitive Health

Researchers have identified a number of herbal and nutritional supplements that can prevent or slow the progression of memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease. But four stand out as being especially effective.
Because symptoms of mild cognitive impairment and dementia don’t manifest until  years or decades after they

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