Forgetfulness—a part of aging as familiar as wrinkles and graying hair—can be a source of worry for many seniors. Is the growing tendency to forget words, recall names, or lose track of car keys normal... or is it an early sign of … Read More
A molecular probe used in imaging tests for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other diseases related to the protein tau has been modified to actually help clear out the toxic protein from brain cells. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute teamed up to alter the probe, which … Read More
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 … Read More
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common of the various types of dementia and has become something of a “catch-all” term for severe cognitive impairment, but it isn’t the only type of dementia to which older adults are vulnerable.
“Figuring out which type a person has is important, since the … Read More
The critical difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia is that Alzheimer’s is a specific disease and dementia is a term used to describe symptoms that can be caused by a number of different diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD). So, is there a difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? … Read More
Your genetic background is responsible, at least in part, for your propensity to inherit certain medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. The more family members you have who are affected by certain types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, the greater your risk becomes. So, … Read More
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia that affects people age 65 and older, but it’s also possible to develop early-onset dementia. Dementia that occurs prior to age 65 is referred to as early-onset dementia; symptoms may begin showing up in a person’s 50s, or even … Read More
Frontal lobe dementia or frontotemporal dementia (FTD) represents a unique group of neurodegenerative disorders that account for approximately 10 percent of all cases of dementia and tend to occur in people between the ages of 45 and 64. The symptoms of each disorder can vary, depending on … Read More
Consume Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Help Prevent Brain Atrophy
Eating plenty of fish or taking fish oil supplements that are rich in the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA may help prevent age-related brain shrinkage in older individuals, according to a new study. Researchers looked at 1,100 postmenopausal female participants in … Read More