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What Is Dopamine? Understanding the “Feel-Good Hormone”

You’ve heard of it, but you still may be wondering, “What is dopamine?” Its reputation centers around its reputation as the “feel-good hormone.” Dopamine is associated with feelings of euphoria, bliss, motivation, and concentration, yet there’s more to it than that. Like serotonin, dopamine is a type of brain chemical … Read More

Identifying Mild Cognitive Impairment

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 … Read More

Ketogenic Diet Shows Promising Results for All Dementia Stages

Studies show a ketogenic diet can slow and even reverse symptoms of memory loss and cognitive impairment throughout all the dementia stages. You might be asking, “What is a ketogenic diet?” A ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, and low-carbohydrate diet that produces ketones—compounds the body can use to produce … Read More

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 … Read More

What Is Alzheimer’s?

Anyone who has seen the effects of Alzheimer's disease on a loved one knows it's a devastating condition—one that that compromises not only the ability to remember and to think but to take care of oneself. But what is Alzheimer’s? The Alzheimer's Association provides a direct and stark definition of … Read More

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 … Read More

Fatal Familial Insomnia: When Sleep Never Comes

Insomnia takes on many forms and has many causes. For some people, stress or depression keeps them from getting a good night’s sleep. For others, the problem is prescription medication or too much caffeine. And for many people, advancing age, an underlying medical condition like Parkinson’s disease, or just poor … Read More

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