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Choosing Long-Term Care for Alzheimer’s: The Emotional Toll on Caregivers

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…

Poor Sense of Direction? Blame Your Spatial Memory

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.

The Link Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline

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.

A Little-Known Cause of Memory Problems

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.

Can Ginkgo Biloba Help Prevent Dementia?

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 Conditions That Can Interfere with Your Memory

A number of medical conditions, including depression, heart failure, even sleep apnea, can interfere with memory and the ability to process information.

The Most Dangerous Room in the House for a Person with Dementia

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.

Eight Memory Aids to Help You Forget Less

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.

Not Thinking Clearly? You Might Not Be Getting Enough Sleep

Sleeping seven to eight hours a night is best for cognitive performance for most people, according to a large study in the journal Sleep.

Eight Ways to Protect An Aging Brain

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.