Memory

Memory

News Briefs: Thinking Good Thoughts; Higher Eduction & Alzheimer’s Disease

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Thinking Good Thoughts About Yourself Provides Mental, Physical Benefits
People who took the time to think kind and encouraging thoughts about themselves and others developed greater self-compassion and connection to others and experienced improved heart function, according to a small study published recently in Clinical Psychological Science. Researchers divided study participants  … Read More

Goal Setting Helps Define Quality of Life

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In the early phases of dementia, emphasis is typically placed on preserving function for as long as possible through medications and other interventions. As the disease progresses, however, goals and treatments tend to focus more on quality of life rather than the length of it. To help patients and caregivers  … Read More

Neuropsychological Tests: What’s Involved

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Some memory lapses are normal as you age, but if you are concerned about your forgetfulness, there is a range of tests that can evaluate your cognition. These tests aim to identify possible cognitive impairment—or rule it out—as early as possible, but for some individuals the results are inconclusive. “In  … Read More

Try These Strategies to Help Improve Your Learning and Memory Skills

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Concentrating better as you learn new information is critical to locking in new memories. But what you do after that can be just as helpful.

Clinical neuropsychologist Yakeel T. Quiroz, PhD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Multicultural Alzheimer’s Prevention Program, and Clara Vila-Castelar, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology  … Read More

Memory Maximizers: Memory Health & Brain Function

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Take a Walk in Your Mind, Depositing Bits of Information Along the Way
Without realizing it, you attach memories to songs, smells and even shops. Not just shops, of course, but locations. Think about the flood of memories that accompany a return to your childhood home or your alma mater. But  … Read More

The Concentration-Memory Connection

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When it comes to memory problems, we tend to focus on the challenges of recalling information. But in many cases, the issue isn’t an inability to reach back for stored memories. The problem is that the information was never really learned in the first place.

Memory starts with learning, which requires  … Read More

The Appendix-Parkinson’s Link

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If you’ve had your appendix removed, you may have gotten something better in return: a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine. People who live in rural areas may benefit the most, with more than a 25 percent risk reduction.
Examining the Data
Researchers  … Read More

Diet and Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of the loss of memory and other cognitive abilities collectively known as dementia. There is no known food or diet that can prevent or cure Alzheimer’s dementia, but diet may help delay onset and slow progression.

What sets Alzheimer’s apart from other forms  … Read More



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