Tag: long term memory

How Music Plays Through the Fog of Dementia

From big bands to the Beatles and beyond, the songs you loved as a teenagerÑyou know, the ones that neither your parents nor your kids could fully appreciate may hold a key to getting through to people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other causes of dementia.

That’s because the part of

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

7. A Game Plan for Restful, Healthy Sleep

Sleep hygiene is what sleep specialists call the pattern of good habits that promote healthy sleep. A solid sleep hygiene routine means a consistent sleep schedule. Keep regular hours, even on weekends and vacations, and go to bed at the same time and wake at the same time every day.

6. Evaluating Brain Supplement Claims

If you watch much television, you’ve no doubt wondered whether your brain might get a boost from a protein “originally found in jellyfish.” Touted as the top-selling supplement in the amorphous category of “brain health,” the jellyfish-protein pills are likened to supplements you may already be taking for your heart

7. On the Horizon

With 16 million people expected to have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by the year 2050, researchers are in a race against time to find an effective treatment, or better yet, a cure. However, progress on a drug that might halt or reverse dementia has been slow, and largely disappointing. Over the

Anesthesia: What You Need to Know Before Surgery

Anesthesia: What You Need to Know Before Surgery

The moment your doctor tells you that you’ll have to undergo a surgical procedure can be a frightening, confusing, and stressful experience. All kinds of thoughts will cross your mind—it’s natural to worry about the skills of your medical team, the operation’s outcome, and potentially high medical bills that will

1. What Is Memory?

Memory has been compared to a personal filing cabinet or a built-in computer, although these metaphors likely don’t do full justice to the complex and intricate nature of the connections in our brains that form our memory. Your memory allows you to gather information from the world around you, file

3. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

A person with Alzheimer’s disease will have increasing difficulty not only with memory but also language, time perception, visual-spatial orientation, and problem-solving ability. Mood and behavior changes also will occur. But these don’t come on suddenly. A person with Alzheimer’s disease won’t be entirely normal one day and completely incapacitated

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