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Neuropsychological Tests: What’s Involved

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

4. Building Positivity

In the previous chapter, we looked at the foundational traits that have been shown to be linked with happiness and optimism as well as ways you can cultivate these traits in yourself.

In this chapter, we will look at some additional approaches you can use that also promote happiness and well-being.

Detecting and Treating Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy body dementia (LBD) affects about 1.4 million Americans, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. This makes it one of the most common causes of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease (AD)—but even so, it frequently is misdiagnosed, and this leaves people with the condition vulnerable to potentially deadly medication

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

3. Common Sleep Disorders

Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea are by far the most prevalent sleep disorders, but they’re far from the only ones. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recognizes 78 sleep disorders, which include restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy, and disorders that cause too much sleep (hypersomnia). Sleep

1. Inside the Brain

If you were to look only at the record of pharmaceutical interventions against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the picture would be bleak. “’The history of the results of clinical trials has been a history of disappointment,” says Keith Fargo, PhD, director of scientific programs and outreach for

5. Detecting Alzheimer’s

Despite the tremendous amount of research that has been done and is ongoing, there is still no single definitive test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In fact, the official diagnostic criteria most recently updated in 2011 by the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association rely primarily on clinical

3. Dementia

Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a term used to describe a decline in cognitive ability severe enough to prevent someone from performing everyday activities. The cognitive skills affected can include all thinking skills, from the ability to make judgments to organizing speech, although memory loss is by

What Is Lewy Body Dementia?

What Is Lewy Body Dementia?

Dementia is frustrating! It causes tremendous heartache and anguish for so many families. As you can imagine, struggling with any type of dementia is difficult enough, but the burden is doubled when an incorrect diagnosis is made.

1. Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain

Before you begin reading this book, you might be wondering if it’s worth making dietary and lifestyle changes to protect your heart and your brain—especially if cardiovascular disease or dementia runs in your family. Genetics certainly play a role, but your genes are not your destiny. Research suggests a healthy

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