Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious challenge that requires professional treatment (see “What You Can Do” sidebar). It often takes time and patience to overcome. And while there are no simple cures for this mood disorder, a Massachusetts General Hospital expert points out that there are common-sense steps that
An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, which causes a person to perceive noise in one or both ears when no external sound exists. The noise can occur intermittently or persistently and can interfere with sleep and concentration, and has been linked with stress and depression. The condition is
Regularly engaging in memory improvement games—training exercises that help you practice specific cognitive abilities (e.g., attention or processing speed)—seems to protect against memory loss better than memory strategies alone. So as we get older, it’s important to keep our minds moving.
Memory Improvement: Games, Tips, Advice
Cognitive training exercises—including memory improvement games—include
As many as 36 million Americans, including 30 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 74, report some degree of hearing loss. It can happen suddenly, but more often it is gradual.
“As we age, hearing loss begins to occur,” says Joseph Montano, EdD, associate professor of audiology at
Weight training, aerobics, stability balls, Zumba? The problem for middle-aged and older women is not the availability of exercise programs; it’s finding the right one.
“Before starting any vigorous exercise program, make sure you don’t have health issues that would make it dangerous,” says Polly de Mille, RN, RCEP, CSCS, USAT,
A dopamine deficiency can be effectively treated by using a number of dopamine supplements. A study published in JAMA Psychiatry in the year 2000 reported that people with clinical depression have significantly lower brain levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Since then, we’ve learned a lot about dopamine’s role in mood
A simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), according to a recent study (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Feb. 3). “Worsening subjective memory is marked by situations such as recognizing that you can’t remember the name of a person or
People with fair complexions, red hair, blue eyes, and freckles typically are considered to be at greater risk of skin cancer than their darker-skinned counterparts. Research has shown that melanomas and other skin cancers occur more commonly in Caucasians than in other racial groups.
However, a new study suggests that African-Americans
Conditions such as anxiety and depression do not discriminate based on age. They can affect teenagers as well as older adults. The difference, however, is that seniors need to be careful about the kinds of therapies that they use to treat their illness. Not all antidepressants are created alike, and
Slow walking speed and memory complaints can predict dementia
A new test that measures walking speed and identifies cognitive complaints can help better predict dementia, says a study in the journal Neurology. The test helps to identify motoric cognitive risk syndrome (MCR), a condition characterized by both slow walking and cognitive