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Signs of Dementia: How to Identify Them—and What You Can Do

Signs of Dementia: How to Identify Them—and What You Can Do

As you get older, it’s natural to be concerned about the possibility that you or a loved one will begin showing signs of dementia. In fact, among adults who are age 65 or older, one in nine will develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to the Alzheimer’s Association. How can you

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

Introduction

It could be argued that memory is the foundation of our humanity. Memory shapes how we perceive ourselves, how we relate to others, and how we view our lives as a whole. It gives context and meaning to our life experience, which is why any loss of memory, whether to

How to Handle Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease in a Loved One.

It can be hard to tell if your loved one’s memory lapses and other cognitive changes are due to normal aging or if they could signal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)—and if you do suspect AD, it can be even harder to figure out what to do. Certainly, no

The Pros and Cons of Genetic Testing for Alzheimer’s Disease

For anyone who’s middle-aged or older, the specter of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) looms large: Currently, an estimated 5.7 million Americans have AD, and that number is expected to more than double by 2050.

You can lower your risk of some chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, by addressing certain risk factors.

Boost Your Heart Health, Lower Your Dementia Risk

Taking steps to avoid heart disease and stroke may be the best way to preserve your brainpower as you age, new research suggests.

A study in the April 2, 2013 issue of the journal Neurology compared the scores of nearly 8,000 older adults on two widely used health assessment tools. In

What “Brain Tests” Can Reveal

As you get older, it’s not unusual to have “senior moments”—when you have trouble finding the word you want, or forget what it is you went into the other room for. It’s also natural to be concerned about the possibility of having Alzheimer’s disease (AD), since more than 5 million

Get a Sleep Study and Put an End to Your Restless Nights

Get a Sleep Study and Put an End to Your Restless Nights

You slept for seven hours last night, but today you still feel tired. Sometime overnight, your bed partner retreated to the couch, unable to tolerate your snoring and recurrent awakenings. Trouble is, you don’t remember a thing. All signs point to obstructive sleep apnea, characterized by brief halts in breathing

1. What is Memory?

Memory is like having your own personal built-in computer. It captures information from the world around you, stores that information, and lets you retrieve it hours, days, weeks, or years later. You use memory whenever you remember your high school prom, discuss a movie you’ve recently seen, or type your

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