All mental functions, including memory depend on an adequate supply of blood to the brain. Regular exercise promotes better mental functioning by improving cerebral blood flow. Can climbing the stairs help?
If you or someone you care for has cognitive problems, take precautions to prevent falls. People with moderate cognitive impairment or dementia are twice as likely to fall as their cognitively healthy same-age counterparts, and they are more likely to end up in a long-term care facility in the aftermath, according to a recent paper in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Could an implanted device that sends subtle pulses of electricity to areas of the brain responsible for memory help delay and even reverse some effects of Alzheimer's disease (AD)? While most scientists exploring potential treatments and cures for AD are focused on developing new drugs, some researchers believe that a surgical procedure known as deep brain stimulation may offer a promising approach to treatment.
When a person with dementia develops a UTI, they can quickly become delirious or experience unremitting pain or both. But she or he may not be able to let you know what's going on. If you are caring for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or dementia, here's what you should know.
Results from a large study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society provides additional evidence that hearing aids may slow cognitive decline in adults who are hearing-impaired.
Healthy older adults who exercise regularly are less likely to struggle for words on the tip of their tongue then older adults who aren't as fit, according to a study in Scientific Reports.
Lithium is being touted as an overlooked micronutrient, and dietary supplements containing very low doses of it are being promoted as a way to counter cognitive decline, among other claims.†But are these claims simply hype?
People with Alzheimer's can improve with treatment just as any other person who develops depression. And many things can be done in the caregiver-patient relationship to help.
Humans have long wondered why we dream and whether it serves a purpose. The truth is that nobody knows for sure, but studies suggest that dreams may help people consolidate and reorganize memories so that they can perform cognitive activities better.
Taking care of a close family member with a chronic illness is deeply stressful, not least on an emotional level. Yet, too often, the everyday physical and practical demands of caregiving can push that psychological distress aside. It is all too easily overlooked, neglected not only by the caregivers themselves, but also by society at large. However, new evidence from recent studies is drawing well-deserved attention to the emotional needs of caregivers. Here's a look at some of what they've found.
Depression is unusually common among people with Alzheimer's disease. Moreover, depression rates are elevated among people who have other types of dementia, as well as among individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition that often precedes Alzheimer's. In their search for a better understanding of the links between depression and these conditions, investigators have discovered that people with dementia often fail to display the classic symptoms of depression.
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is a routine screening test for cognitive impairment in older adults that's widely used by doctors in the United States. Although MoCA isn't intended to prove or disprove definitively whether someone is experiencing problems with thinking or memory, it can be a helpful tool when used as part of an overall assessment by doctors trained to diagnose cognitive problems.
While there are no set criteria for determining when a person with Alzheimer's disease should be prevented from driving, there are warning signs. Read on to learn about common indicators that a person's dementia is making it difficult for him or her to respond safely while behind the wheel.
Wanderingóleaving the home unannouncedóis a serious problem that needs to be prevented. Wandering can lead to danger and even death when an impaired person walks alone. Never forget that the confused person may no longer possess the judgment to navigate safely in these once "normal" environments. If your loved one has shown any tendency to wander, here are three simple tips that can help.
A study from Yale University suggests that having positive attitudes about aging may have beneficial effect on memory and cognition.