Memory

Are Your Memory Lapses Normal?

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Some memory change is normal as you age. Even if differences in your memory performance are noticeable, there’s no cause for alarm—they may be within a normal range for your age, and may not affect your ability to perform activities of daily living and communicate with others. It also is … Read More

From the Editor: Tuning Up Your Memory

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Most older adults experience the memory lapses that have been termed “senior moments,” and in this month’s issue we’re looking at when these might be a cause for concern. The good news is that—for most people—they are nothing to panic about, and there are steps you can take that compensate … Read More

Recognize the Stages of Dementia

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Unlike cancer, which is often described by the stage of the disease, the degree of dementia affecting a person isn’t typically discussed in terms of numbered stages. Dementia tends to be described as mild (“early”), moderate (“middle”) or severe (“late”). But there are scales that offer more thorough descriptions of each … Read More

Is Air Pollution Harming Your Brain Power?

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Numerous studies have linked air pollution to a greater risk of heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. Some studies also have suggested that air pollution may be a factor in age-related cognitive decline. As yet it hasn’t been clear whether airborne pollutants may play a role … Read More

Your Brain Is Hard at Work While You’re Asleep

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If you think dreaming is the main activity going on in your brain while you sleep, think again. Your brain performs hundreds, perhaps thousands, of tasks every night, many of which are related to sifting through and organizing information and storing memories. “We now know that the brain is actively processing … Read More