Tag: depression and stress

Ask the Doctor: Mixed Dementia; Sleep Apnea; Masked Hypertension

Q: My father has mixed dementia. What is mixed dementia? Can it be treated?

A: The term mixed dementia is often used to describe a combination of vascular dementia (caused by reduced blood flow to the brain) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It had been thought that about one in five Americans

Four Brain Exercises to Increase Processing Speed

Just a few hours spent engaging in exercises that teach the aging brain to increase processing speed—the ability to attend to and respond to incoming information—appear to dramatically reduce an older adult’s vulnerability to dementia, new research suggests. A slowing of processing speed often accounts for age-related brain decline.

Scientists recruited

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

How to Avoid the News Blues

If keeping up with the news brings you down with feelings of depression, anxiety, and other negative emotions, take a tip from an MGH expert: Learn to recognize when news coverage is causing you distress, and make a habit of walking away.

People who are disturbed by the daily drumbeat of

Sleep Apnea Increases Risk for Depression and Cognitive Decline

As many as 25 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that represents a major danger to the brain. OSA heightens risk for potentially brain-damaging physical conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. In addition, people with the sleep disorder—the vast majority

How to Help Your Loved One Deal with Dementia

If you have a loved one who is showing signs of dementia, it can be difficult to figure out what to do. If it is Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia that now affects an estimated 5 million Americans, it is important to consider treatment options and

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