Contrary to popular belief, memory loss is not a natural part of aging. Occasionally forgetting a name or misplacing the car keys is normal. But significant memory problems that disrupt daily life, such as getting lost on the way home from a familiar grocery store or developing an inability to
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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
The BRAIN Initiative
Never before has so much science been focused on exploring the secrets of the human brain. In October 2015, the National Institutes of Health announced a second wave of grants to support the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, bringing the NIH’s annual investment to $85
The critical difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia is that Alzheimer’s is a specific disease and dementia is a term used to describe symptoms that can be caused by a number of different diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD). So, the answer to the question, “Is there a difference between Alzheimer’s and
People who have Alzheimer’s disease typically go through distinct phases in which symptoms gradually worsen. However, not everyone will go through all of the Alzheimer’s stages, nor progress through them at the same rate. For example, recent research has provided some evidence that in Alzheimer’s disease, the signs of dementia
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
Studies show that one of the greatest health fears among older Americans is the fear of losing their minds to dementia in their later years. Yet despite the dread associated with the term, many people have difficulty answering the question, what is dementia?
Learning more about this condition may help provide
Apathy—feelings of indifference and lack of interest and motivation—is an important harbinger of dementia In people who go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias, emotional and behavioral changes that reflect this growing loss of interest may be the first signal of cognitive problems.
“Apathy is a strong clinical
As we grow older, most of us will know someone who has begun a process of cognitive decline. This individual may have experienced permanent changes in mental functioning, and may be increasingly forgetful, more apt to become confused, and have greater difficulty with balancing a checkbook, following a recipe, or
Researchers have developed a quick and effective visual test that may be able to identify early signs of cognitive problems linked to greater dementia risk. The test measures the speed at which an individual processes visual information, thought to be the basis of many higher cognitive functions, such as memory,