Tag: lewy body dementia

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Do you feel as if you’ve been experiencing more short-term memory loss lately? Interestingly, what many of us think of as short-term memory—for example, recalling in the afternoon what we had for breakfast that morning—is actually defined by scientists as long-term memory.

Short-term memory is technically limited to information learned and

Dementia Stages: What to Expect

Dementia Stages: What to Expect

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 Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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

Lewy Body Dementia: Outlook and Action Steps

Lewy Body Dementia: Outlook and Action Steps

Researchers are exploring new approaches that are increasing scientific understanding of dementia with Lewy bodies (or DLB). In one study, the transplantation of stem cells into DLB-damaged areas of the brains of mice revitalized those regions and resulted in dramatic improvements in the animals’ cognitive and motor symptoms, raising hopes

Dementia Types: Reversible and Irreversible Dementia

Dementia Types: Reversible and Irreversible Dementia

Various dementia types can be caused by medical or psychiatric conditions, among them high fever, vitamin deficiency, head trauma, or depression. These are the so-called “reversible dementias.” Other dementia types are irreversible and—if you’re wondering, “Is dementia hereditary?”—can be caused by family genes.
Let’s look at reversible dementias first. It’s important

Lewy Body Dementia

Most people are familiar with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, but not so much with Lewy body dementia (LBD). It affects an estimated one million Americans, according to the National Institute on Aging. The late actor-comedian Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease but autopsy showed there were Lewy bodies widely spread

2016 Index

AGING

Staying independent in older age (Jan., p1)

Use these mind-body strategies to promote healthy aging (June, p3)

How to age-proof your brain (Nov., p1)

Superagers’ secrets to a youthful brain (Dec., p1

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE (AD/DEMENTIA)

Lewy body dementia: a common disease, often underdiagnosed (Jan., p3)

Winning the war against vascular dementia, the second most common cause

3. Common Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders can be caused by internal factors, such as medical problems, or by external factors, such as stressful situations. Some sleep disorders affect your ability to get to sleep and stay asleep, while others disrupt the structure of your sleep.
The most common sleep disorders by far are insomnia and

Lewy Body Dementia: A Common Disorder, Often Underdiagnosed

Lewy Body Dementia: A Common Disorder, Often Underdiagnosed

Lewy body dementia (also known as dementia with Lewy bodies, or DLB) affects up to 25 percent of individuals with progressive dementia in the United States, ranking second behind Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Yet most of us know little about this irreversible neurodegenerative disease.

Because early Lewy body dementia symptoms are difficult

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