Memory

The Impact of Seeing and Hearing on Cognitive Decline

Staying socially active is good for the brain. And being able to see and hear help facilitate being socially active. So, is being able to see and hear good for the brain? The answer to that is yes. Remarkable new research shows that hearing aids and cataract surgery, which improve hearing and vision, are actually…

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Screening for Alzheimer’s — with an Eye Exam?!

The eyes have long been known as windows to the soul; new research shows they may be windows to the brain, particularly the Alzheimer’s brain, as well. Today, testing for Alzheimer’s relies on a clinical exam of mental ability; only postmortem examination can conclusively diagnose the presence of Alzheimer’s Disease. Moreover, clinical exams of mental…

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The Surprising Brain Benefits of Exercise for Seniors

Doing the daily crossword puzzle to stave off those “senior moments” when the right word is just out of reach? That’s good, but a recent study published in Scientific Reports indicates that taking a brisk walk can help just as much. The study confirmed what we all know — that as we get older, we…

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6 Things to Pack When Traveling with Alzheimer’s

Dad has Alzheimer’s, but you know he’d love a trip to visit family. You’ve planned the travel perfectly: the destination is no more than four hours away, you are traveling during his best hours of the day, and your itinerary allows for plenty of rest time. Now it’s time to pack. Here are the 6…

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4 Types of Medication Seniors Should Avoid

As we age, the worry that crops up most commonly concerns cognitive function, especially memory. While other chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, might be more common, nothing strikes at the heart of who we are than our ability to think and to remember. We may joke about “senior moments,” but our fear…

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New Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Guidelines Released

The Alzheimer’s Association has just released twenty recommendations for best practices in diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). The recommendations were reported at the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, held this week in Chicago. The most crucial aspects of the recommendations include the admonition not to dismiss concerns as “normal aging,” but to evaluate…

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Bill Gates to Fund Search for Alzheimer’s Diagnostic Test

Bill Gates wants to add one more diagnostic test to your annual exam: a test for Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s currently afflicts 5 million Americans with progressive deterioration of brain function. Experts expect that number to triple by the year 2050. The toll it takes, both on its victims and on its caretakers, is vast and heartbreaking.…

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6 Travel Tips for Alzheimer’s

Summer is a classic time to take a family vacation. But when your family includes someone who has Alzheimer’s, it’s best to take a cue from the Boy Scouts: be prepared. These 6 travel tips will make a family vacation fun — and safe — for everyone. Be realistic. This is not the time for…

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Alzheimer’s Hydration Tips

Welcome to the first day of summer! For people with Alzheimer’s, hydration is always an issue. Alzheimer’s patients can forget to drink, or may have swallowing problems or other difficulties ingesting enough liquid. Adequate hydration becomes an even more serious matter in the heat of summer. Try these tips to help your loved one with…

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Moderate Exercise May Offer Protection from Alzheimer’s

It’s long been known that keeping your mind active is healthy for your brain as you age, but a recent study shows that keeping your body active is important, too: moderate exercise may offer protection from Alzheimer’s. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease shows that seniors who engaged in moderate exercise, the…

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