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
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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
The science of whether some dietary choices are really “brain food” continues to unfold. Given the long time frames of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, it’s challenging to prove any cause-and-effect relationship between specific foods and brain health. Most such associations are drawn from observational studies, in
If you are concerned about your memory, see your health-care provider. He or she not only can perform brief memory screenings but also look for medical causes of memory impairment. They may refer you to a specialist, especially if memory issues are beginning to interfere with your daily life. There
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
You’ve likely experienced it before. You are describing an event to a friend and can’t come up with a word to describe something even though it is on the tip of your tongue. Or you absentmindedly place your phone somewhere and then can’t recall where it is. These occasional memory
The mind-body connection is a strong one and just as strength-training has been shown to improve cognitive function, tending to your mental well-being can benefit your physical health. Maintaining an active, engaged mind and positive mental outlook can help you live a fuller life and lower your risk of certain
Now that you know the causes and effects of stress and anxiety, it’s time to learn how to deal with them. Don’t despair: Both are highly treatable. Many of the ill effects caused by anxiety and stress can be reversed (or at least improved) by treating the causes of your
Ask the Doctor: Postmenopausal Bleeding; Alzheimer’s vs. Vascular Dementia; Douching & Ovarian Cancer
Q: My daughter, who is 54, has recently had menstrual bleeding, although she stopped having periods at age 51 and had no bleeding for more than two years. Is postmenopausal bleeding a cause for concern?
A: Many women do report bleeding (typically, light “spotting”) after menopause. Frequently, the bleeding is caused
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 drug treatments that