Memory

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.

Vision, Vegetables and Age-Related Cognitive Decline: A Look at the Links

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.

Exercise May Boost Thinking Skills in Seniors at Risk for Cognitive Decline

Aerobic exercise improves thinking ability in older people at increased risk for progressing to dementia, a recent study finds.

Are You Suffering from Caregiver Burnout?

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.

Can Aggressive Blood Pressure Control Lower Mild Cognitive Impairment Risk?

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.