Tag: cognitive impairment

Aging Diseases that Affect the Brain

Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

“That’s why it’s important to get

Get Plenty of These Vitamins to Boost Memory

Study after study has provided evidence of the importance of vitamins in ensuring mental acuity, especially in older adults who may be affected by physiological changes that impair the body’s ability to metabolize these nutrients. A deficiency of certain key vitamins has been linked to cognitive decline in older people,

Ask the Doctor: Hand Tremors; Lactose Intolerance; Knee Surgery

Q: My hands shake sometimes and I am concerned that it might be Parkinson’s disease. What are some other telltale signs?

A: Tremors or shaking in the hands, arms, legs, jaw and even the face are common motor symptoms of Parkinson’s. Other motor symptoms include stiffness in the arms, legs and

COPD Symptoms: What They Mean

COPD Symptoms: What They Mean

Knowing the facts about lungs will help you understand why COPD—chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—can be difficult to diagnose until it is quite advanced. The lungs, with more than 300 million alveoli, have an amazing capacity. Not all of these alveoli are used for the day-to-day work of normal breathing—the extra

Most Common Health Problems in Elderly People

Most Common Health Problems in Elderly People

Certain conditions or disorders can develop as we age that impact our quality of life and ability to live independently. Here, we take a look at the most common health problems in elderly people—conditions always worth monitoring.

Osteoarthritis: Sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is characterized by a loss of

How to Improve Memory with Acetylcholine

How to Improve Memory with Acetylcholine

If Alzheimer’s disease or dementia has affected someone you know, you may be asking, “Is there a diet that will help prevent memory loss?”

Fortunately, there are a number of natural tools to help prevent and manage mild cognitive impairment (pre-dementia) and Alzheimer’s disease. However, an often-overlooked but critically necessary nutrient

Signs of Dementia in Men

Signs of Dementia in Men

It’s important to be familiar with the signs of dementia in men; early diagnosis allows for initiation of treatment and planning for the future.
Dementia is a term used to describe significant impairment of two or more critical brain functions (such as memory, language, judgment, or reasoning) that impacts a person’s

9. Hydration and Healthy Beverages

Meeting Your Water Needs
You’ve no doubt heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day, but that’s mostly a myth. What is true is that there’s far more to hydration than counting glasses of water: In addition to water, other beverages, and even foods, can help you meet

Introduction

If you wonder whether your diet really makes a difference in your health as you get older, just ask Uncle Sam. Every five years, the federal government rounds up the latest scientific evidence about nutrition and serves up a few hundred pages of advice about what to eat and drink

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