What can you do to get your loved one who is suspected of having a memory problem to go to the doctor for a proper evaluation? Practical advice for a delicate situation.
Alzheimer's disease advances slowly through three stages, progressing from mild forgetfulness to severe dementia. Its course is relentless, but the rate of mental decline varies from person to person. Here's a brief look at what occurs at each stage.
Two classes of antidepressants are associated with cognitive decline in older women, according to a study of 1,234 women in their 80s.
Losing a loved one brings on grief and other complex feelings, but caregivers of people with terminal diseases may experience similar emotions well before the person passes away. This phenomenon, known as anticipatory grief, can be just as intense as bereavement following the death of a close relative or friend—sometimes more so, psychologists say. Informal caregivers for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia may experience a unique version of anticipatory grief.
If you like to tango, cha-cha, salsa, swing, or foxtrot, here's more reason to put on your dancing shoes: Dancing may be good for the brain, according to a study from Germany in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) should regularly do physical exercise to help improve memory and prevent further decline, according to the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology, which were endorsed by the Alzheimer's Association.
A large German study published in 2016 found an association between the long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD) in people over age 75. But two new studies failed to find any such association.
Some research has suggested that taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement can help protect brain health when coupled with a healthful diet and exercise. But results from a large three-year randomized clinical trial beg to differ.
While it's well known that heavy alcohol intake can harm the brain, most studies have found that light to moderate drinking is not harmful, and some have suggested it may help prevent age-related cognitive impairment.
Here's another reason to get a hearing aid if you need one: Age-related hearing loss is associated with increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia, a new analysis of 40 studies from 12 countries has confirmed.
The most common test for vision loss from glaucoma is standard automated perimetry (SAP). A 2017 report in JAMA Ophthalmology found that mild cognitive decline associated with aging can impair an individual's ability to perform the test—and compromise the reliability of the results.
Aerobic activity is associated with preserving cognitive function. A small 2017 study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that progressive resistance training (PRT) improves cognitive function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
An excessive buildup of amyloid deposits in the brain is a key marker of Alzheimer's disease. A small 2017 study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease finds that amyloid deposits accumulate faster in people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This finding suggests ...
The claim: Drinking diet drinks increases the risk of dementia. What the research says: A study in the journal Stroke last year...
Older people who consume a Mediterranean-style diet may reduce their risk of cognitive decline, according to a 2017 study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.