Tag: memory issues

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

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

10. Getting Help for Memory Problems

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

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

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

2. Why Aging Minds Forget

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

Brain Fog: What It Can Tell Us About Our Health

Brain Fog: What It Can Tell Us About Our Health

Ahh, brain fog. Why do you toy with me so? The other day I looked everywhere for my car keys. I was rushing so I could drop off my kids at school (finally!) when I realized they were missing (the keys, not the kids). I searched frantically: the kitchen, the

4 Types of Dementia and Their Warning Signs

4 Types of Dementia and Their Warning Signs

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

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