People often wonder if a memory lapse is age-related or something more serious. “It’s not always a clean divide,” explains Dr. Teng. “Because people live longer than they used to, it’s more challenging to discern between normal and abnormal cognitive aging. Not all memory loss is normal. Progressively worsening memory
Chances are you’ve walked into a room and suddenly forgotten what you were looking for. Or perhaps during a conversation, a certain word eluded you. Those episodes, often dubbed “senior moments,” are generally just temporary lapses in memory.
“If we compare people in their 20s with older people, the younger people
There are two types of Alzheimer’s disease—early-onset and late-onset. Both types have a genetic component, which leaves anyone who has relatives diagnosed with the condition wondering, “Is Alzheimer’s hereditary?” First, keep in mind that this is a very complex disease. Though your risk is higher if you have a family
Do you keep losing your keys, or forgetting names of people you just met? Maybe you can’t remember where you left your wallet more often than you’d care to admit. Such lapses of memory tend to get people of a certain age to start stressing that they’re experiencing Alzheimer’s or
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
Forgetfulness—a part of aging as familiar as wrinkles and graying hair—can be a source of worry for many seniors. Is the growing tendency to forget words, have difficulty recalling names, or lose track of the car keys normal or an early sign of dementia?
The good news is that in most
Many people answer the question “What causes dementia?” by linking it to Alzheimer’s disease. Others ask the question, “Is dementia a disease?” The better question is really, “What does dementia mean?” The term is used to describe the decline in memory and thinking skills seen in many different diseases ranging
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
Fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, difficulty concentrating… Does this describe YOU, yet your thyroid labs are normal? If so, you may have the autoimmune disorder, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, where your immune system attacks your thyroid.
You’re always tired but you haven’t been able to pinpoint the reason. You think about embarking on a campaign to get to the bottom of your fatigue, but—sad to say—you don’t have the energy to follow through. Don’t feel bad; even the medical community doesn’t fully understand what causes fatigue.