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Is Losing Your Sense of Smell an Early Sign of Dementia?

Is Losing Your Sense of Smell an Early Sign of Dementia?

Impaired olfactory function—a declining sense of smell—is associated with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as well as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). A recent study reveals that olfactory functioning naturally weakens in healthy older adults and is impaired, in terms of odor identification, in people with neurodegenerative conditions such as MCI and AD.

Signs of Dementia in Men

Signs of Dementia in Men

It’s important to be familiar with the signs of dementia in men; early diagnosis allows for initiation of treatment and planning for the future.
Dementia is a term used to describe significant impairment of two or more critical brain functions (such as memory, language, judgment, or reasoning) that impacts a person’s

Editor’s Note: Dealing With Memory Concerns

Many of my patients report having memory problems, most commonly beginning in their early 50s. Most people are afraid that they may be showing signs of 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,

Identifying Signs of Dementia

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

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

Early Signs of Dementia

Early 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

11. The Future of Alzheimer’s Research

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

3. Who is at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

A good deal of research has been done to try to pinpoint who is at greatest risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease. Simply getting older raises your risk, but age alone does not mean a slow decline toward dementia. Beyond age, there are certain factors that may further increase risk. Most

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