Up to 17 percent of Americans age 60 and over (3 million people) have serious alcohol problems, and the number is climbing as the baby-boom generation reaches its 60s. Already, statistics indicate that more seniors are admitted to hospitals for alcohol-related medical problems than are admitted for heart attacks. Both
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Most of the time, memory blips are due to normal age-related changes, but sometimes memory complaints can herald the development of mild cognitive impairment (MCI)—a stage of memory loss that represents the first signs of dementia in many individuals. Taking a memory loss test can help determine whether you or
It is well documented in scientific literature that aging is associated with certain cognitive changes. As we get older, we experience some gradual decline in conceptual reasoning, memory, and processing speed, but these changes don’t keep us from going about our normal activities.
Dementia, on the other hand, can significantly affect
This is an exciting time for Alzheimer’s drug development, but that doesn’t mean you should sit back and wait until new drugs become available. Take proactive steps today to preserve your memory and prevent dementia. There is good evidence that just by making better choices each day, like eating right,
Over the past several years, many promising new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease have emerged from research laboratories and raised hope initially, only to be found lacking when subjected to more rigorous study. But trial and error is the nature of medical advancement. Through this process, researchers believe they are getting
By Orli R. Etingin, MD, Editor-in-Chief
Many of my patients notice a decline in their memories, most commonly beginning in their early 50s. Most fear 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, we are
How much alcohol is too much alcohol for the aging brain? That’s a common question among older adults, many of whom enjoy an alcoholic beverage from time to time, but worry that drinking might increase their risk for memory decline and other cognitive problems.
Yet despite years of research and an
What memory loss test detects mild cognitive impairment (early dementia)? There are standardized, scientifically-validated tests that are considered the preferred screening tools. Find out about these tests here.
Few diseases are as feared as these two – Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. But, the good news is that new research shows that 3 targeted B vitamins for memory protection are effective and can even slow down brain shrinkage.