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
Most older adults have some memory slips, but mild cognitive impairment crosses the line from normal lapses into excessive memory changes. MCI is the stage that comes after age-associated memory impairment, and it sometimes—but not always—leads to dementia.
Currently, as many as 15 to 20 percent of Americans aged 65 and … 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
Gotta go? Your urinary plumbing has ways to let you know when it’s time to empty your bladder. But sometimes what should feel like a friendly tap on the shoulder turns into a five-alarm fire alarm. It’s called overactive bladder—the sudden and irresistible urge to urinate. Around half of people … Read More
Cinnamon has been highly prized since ancient times. You can find references to it in the Bible and on Egyptian papyri. And, at one time in ancient Rome, cinnamon was considered more precious than gold. In fact, this little spice was so treasured that wars were fought over it. Today, … Read More
The benefits of tea, as studies continually illustrate, include positive effects on your brain as well as your blood pressure. Consider it an effective "plant food"—its multiple benefits can reduce the incidence of major diseases.
Cognitive Benefits of Tea
Studies support cognitive benefits of tea, especially green tea. All tea comes from … Read More
People who struggle with feelings of anxiety frequently turn to medications to help ease their symptoms. However, the large number of medications and their varying characteristics can sometimes make it challenging to find the one most likely to restore normal mood with a minimum of side effects. We asked … Read More
Various dementia types can be caused by medical or psychiatric conditions, among them high fever, vitamin deficiency, head trauma, or depression. These are the so-called "reversible dementias." Other dementia types are irreversible and—if you’re wondering, "Is dementia hereditary?"—can be caused by family genes.
Let’s look at reversible dementia … Read More
Tea is hot—figuratively and (sometimes) literally. It’s the second-most consumed beverage in the world, following only water. In the United States, sales of tea reached $11.5 billion in 2015. Green tea is particularly trendy, and with good reason. The benefits of green tea have been well documented … Read More