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Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

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 and

Holiday Depression: 6 Strategies for Battling the Blues

Holiday Depression: 6 Strategies for Battling the Blues

Do you watch the holidays approach with a creeping sense of dread? Maybe you don’t get along with family members, or maybe you don’t have any family at all. Perhaps death, divorce, and disagreements made past get-togethers with loved ones a living hell. Or maybe you simply cannot tolerate the

What Is Alzheimer’s?

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

7. Brain Power Habits

Although smart dietary choices can help protect your brain against age-related decline, the evidence that physical activity contributes to cognitive health is even stronger than the associations between nutrition and cognition. That’s why the most important lifestyle change you can make for your brain happens between meals—increasing your level of

4. Brain Food

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

3. Macronutrients and Brain Power

The term “nutrient” can refer to vitamins and minerals, or even less-well-known nutrients, such as flavonoids. All these are im-portant, but the big picture when it comes to nutrition and brain power concerns what are referred to as “macronutrients”: fats, carbohydrates (“carbs”), and protein. It’s no wonder that so many

1. Inside the Brain

If you were to look only at the record of pharmaceutical interventions against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the picture would be bleak. “’The history of the results of clinical trials has been a history of disappointment,” says Keith Fargo, PhD, director of scientific programs and outreach for

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

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

11. The Future of Alzheimer’s Research

News about progress in the search for an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease often seems disappointing. One drug after another that at first appeared promising failed to work when subjected to rigorous study. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Research in Alzheimer’s disease is quite robust. New information about

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