Having a family member with Alzheimer's increases the risk of developing the disease. However, only a handful of people with Alzheimer's—fewer than 2 to 3 percent—have the disease as a result of one of three identifiable defective genes, or gene mutations.
Placing your family member in a nursing home or assisted-living facility can be a difficult decision to make, and it often takes time. And when the time comes, expect a slew of mixed emotions, from relief and worry to guilt and grief. It's important to know that these feelings are perfectly normal and will dissipate in time.
What does memory have to do with your sense of direction? And why do some people, more commonly women, have a poor sense of direction? Here are some takeaways from an interview with Mary Hegarty, Ph.D., Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at University of California, Santa Barbara, based on her research.
Another reason to get that hearing aid: Age-related hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia, an analysis of 40 studies from 12 countries has confirmed.
The tiny blood vessels that supply our brains with nutrients and oxygen become vulnerable to damage as we age. This damage, called cerebral small vessel disease, increases the risk of cognitive decline and stroke. Find out what you can do to help prevent it.
One of the oldest species of trees, the ginkgo produces leaves that are used to make one of the most popular of all memory supplements. But a decade ago, an important study cast doubt on ginkgo's ability to prevent dementia, and scientists remain skeptical today. Here's a look at this widely used dietary supplement "for brain health."
A number of medical conditions, including depression, heart failure, even sleep apnea, can interfere with memory and the ability to process information.
What's the most dangerous room in the house for a person with dementia? If you said the bathroom, you'd be correct. Find out why—and how you can make it safer.
A certain amount of forgetfulness is to be expected with age. While the minor memory lapses that occur with age-associated memory impairment can't be eliminated, there are a number of strategies you can try in order to organize yourself, protect against forgetting, and boost recall.
Sleeping seven to eight hours a night is best for cognitive performance for most people, according to a large study in the journal Sleep.
Researchers continue to investigate whether aggressive blood pressure control can reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment—and perhaps Alzheimer's disease. In the meantime, here are eight factors besides blood pressure control that may help protect the aging brain.
Two recent studies suggest that poor vision and not eating enough vegetables—specifically, leafy green vegetables—may play a role in age-related cognitive decline.
Aerobic exercise improves thinking ability in older people at increased risk for progressing to dementia, a recent study finds.
As the amount of care required by a person with Alzheimer's disease increases, so too does the work that that person's caregiver needs to do. The situation can be physically and emotionally draining, leading to caregiver burnout. Here's how to recognize caregiver burnout--and what to do about it.
A large, randomized trial known as SPRINT MIND indicates that intensely lowering elevated blood pressure could reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a slight but noticeable decline in memory and thinking skills that in some people might be a precursor to dementia.