Sundowning is a common condition, or syndrome, among people with dementia, and is associated with some adverse outcomes, such as institutionalization, faster cognitive worsening, and greater caregiver burden, according to a study published in Frontiers in Medicine online Dec. 27, 2016. It is characterized by the worsening or emergence of
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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
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,
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
Q: I have a hectic schedule and only get about four hours of sleep at night. I feel that I am losing my ability to recall information. Does sleep deprivation adversely affect memory?
A: Many studies conducted over the past decade or so have demonstrated that sleep deprivation interferes with memory
Q. I’ve been suffering from red, watery, itchy eyes ever since I unpacked several cartons of old books. Is this an eye infection, and if so, what can I do about it?
A. First, it’s important not to self-treat your condition. Your eyes are too valuable to treat with home remedies.
Increasingly needing to write yourself reminder notes or repeatedly bumping into furniture after rearranging your living room (spatial memory) is frustrating, to say the least. It also may signal future cognitive decline, including dementia, a catch-all term for memory loss and difficulty with thinking, problem-solving or language, the most common
Two new studies provide important evidence of how physical activity might reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive decline. One study reported that participants who were most active showed the least decline—the equivalent of 10 years of mental aging. In a second study, the most active
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
Fruit and Vegetable Smarts
When your mom told you to eat your fruits and vegetables, she may not have known that those foods are good for your brain—but it was good advice in any case. We’ve seen how an overall healthy dietary pattern can help protect against dementia and cognitive decline.