About 5.4 million Americans are thought to have some degree of dementia, and its destructive effects on our cognitive abilities come at huge cost to our overall wellbeing, and that of our loved ones. “The decline in reasoning and memory that accompanies dementia impairs our ability to carry out everyday
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A simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), according to a recent study (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Feb. 3). “Worsening subjective memory is marked by situations such as recognizing that you can’t remember the name of a person or
New combo treatment for Hepatitis C.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new combination drug, ledipasvir and sofosbuvir (Harvoni) to treat chronic hepatitis C (HCV) genotype 1 infection, the most common type of HCV infection and the most difficult to treat. It is the first approved treatment for
Having an occasional memory lapse or fuzzy memory is normal, especially as you age. Most of the time, memory blips are due to typical age-related changes. Yet sometimes, memory complaints can herald cognitive changes to come.
In a study published in the journal Neurology, people in their 70s who complained of
While we’re waiting for scientists to locate just the right drugs to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, there are positive and active steps everyone can take right now. One message from research is that exercise, a healthy diet, mental stimulation, and social interaction may help preserve brain function longer. Because
Crossword puzzles may wear down your pencil point, but they also build up your brain, new research suggests.
A study involving healthy older adults who were at greater-than-normal risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) suggests that individuals who regularly enjoy crosswords and other types of puzzles or play checkers, cards, or other
Saving Information Frees Up Memory Space
Saving information you have learned by jotting it down on a note pad, recording it on your smart phone, or preserving it in some other manner may clear your mind to take in and remember newer information, a study published online Dec. 9, 2014 in
A Faltering Memory May Indicate Higher Stroke Risk
Memory lapses, particularly in well-educated individuals, may indicate vulnerability to a stroke, according to a study published online Dec. 11, 2014 in the journal Stroke. Dutch re-searchers examined data on more than 9,000 older adults who participated in a long-term study in which
Work Involving Social Interaction May Help Lower Risk for AD
Occupations that require dealing with complex social interactions, including volunteer activity, appears to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in older age, according to a study presented July 24, 2016 at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto. Scientists
Doctors currently have no way to stop Alzheimer’s disease from gradually robbing patients of their memory and ability to function. While medications may help some patients have a better quality of life early in the disease, they haven’t been shown to have any long-term effect when it comes to slowing