Understanding Dementia

Dementia is progressive loss of cognitive function, marked by memory problems and confused thinking. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's Disease, a fatal condition that affects more than 5 million Americans. Dementia most often occurs during old age, but is a more severe form of decline than that of normal aging.

Recent posts on Dementia

Labor Is Love

There are hidden blessings for at-home caretakers of Alzheimer's sufferers

For Those With Alzheimer’s, a Place to Remember

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Mental Mishaps
Alzheimer’s disease slowly and invariably steals a person’s past. But we may be able to create environments that help recall it.

Sing Your Heart Out in the Old Age Home

By Temma Ehrenfeld on August 16, 2016 in Open Gently
To help someone with dementia, load up a Mp3 player with her favorite songs and give her a set of headphones, as long as there is staff to supervise. When you visit, sing.

Understanding Elder Abuse (Part Two)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in Media Spotlight
As more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, the demand for help and the burden this places on family members, will mean more cases of elder abuse as well.

The Neuroprotective Powers of Exercise Should Motivate You

By Christopher Bergland on August 06, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Do you need a new source of motivation to become more physically active? If so, there is growing evidence that exercise increases brain size and reduces dementia risk as you age.

A Billionaire Looks at Death

By Robin Marantz Henig on July 29, 2016 in Cusp
Finding out by chance George Soros' interest in end-of-life decision-making and why it's important.

Why Is Poor Balance Strongly Correlated With Dementia Risk?

A first-of-its-kind study has identified a strong link between poor balance and the risk of dementia in older age. What is the neuroscience behind this correlation?

If We Only Had a Brain: Participate in a Clinical Trial

By Greg O'Brien on July 26, 2016 in On Pluto
Just a few keyboard swipes could put the U.S. on the road to triumph over Alzheimer’s. If you're experiencing memory loss that disrupts your daily life, seek help. Take the test.

Education and the Aging Brain

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in Media Spotlight
A new study explores the value of higher education in helping seniors stay mentally active and avoid serious health problems such as Alzheimer's disease.

Yes, Benzos Are Bad for You

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 01, 2016 in Saving Normal
The benzos are dangerously seductive – easy and pleasant to start, but frequently addictive and almost impossible to stop. They do little good and cause much harm.

5 Keys to Providing Quality Dementia Care at Home

Quality dementia care is the source of my mother's contentment and having a team of caregivers is key to my father's very survival. Here's how we've created our pleasant journey.

The Health Benefits of Socializing

Connecting with friends can improve your brain health and may even lower your risk of dementia.

The Bright Side of Dementia

Dementia is devastating, but somehow we’ve turned my mother's journey, our journey, into a treasure hunt. Here are some of the blessings we've discovered.

Pain, Ambiguous Loss and Acceptance

Acceptance can be learning to accept that pain, right now, is reality, while simultaneously fighting for a better future.

Aerobic Activity Stimulates Neurogenesis (Birth of Neurons)

A study published today presents breathtaking images—and more proof—that aerobic exercise stimulates neurogenesis (birth of neurons) and improves memory function.

Is Your Brain Inflamed? You Might Need to Know

Inflammation is not just a response to infection. There are signs that it can be a precursor to some common brain disorders, including strokes, depression and Alzheimer's disease.

How Mild Is "Mild Cognitive Impairment"?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in iAge
Is memory loss the slippery slope to Alzheimer's disease?

Sex, Seniors, and Consent

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on June 15, 2016 in Media Spotlight
With more and more older adults entering chronic care facilities, there is going to be increased demand for more flexibility regarding patient sex. What form will this take?

This Is Why Aerobic Exercise Is 'Miracle-Gro' for Your Brain

New research pinpoints why aerobic exercise has the power to make your brain bigger, smarter, and happier.
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What Causes Alzheimer's?

A new theory of Alzheimer's demonstrates what's lacking in much of present research, plus the need for prevention now.
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Clearing the Fog: Craniosacral Therapy Aims to Ease Dementia

Applications of a surprising technique may offer relief from the memory and thinking losses that we call dementia.

Yoga and Kirtan Kriya Mediation Bolster Brain Functioning

By Susan Reynolds on June 01, 2016 in Prime Your Gray Cells
Fire up your brain in fifteen minutes a day: Seven easy steps for performing Kirtan Kriya mediation

Playing With the Very Old

By Bernard L. De Koven on May 25, 2016 in On Having Fun
Where people with dementia and Alzheimers suffer most is where there is no one who can take the time to play.

Passing the Baton, Mother to Son: You Rock!

By Greg O'Brien on May 18, 2016 in On Pluto
The efficacious passing of the baton in a relay race is as fundamental as lacing up a pair of running shoes, and has relevance in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Depression Is a Risk for Alzheimer’s: We Need to Know Why.

There is now consensus that depression is a risk for later Alzheimer's disease. But depression is not a single disorder; are there recognizable sub-types that are the real risk?

Is Fish Oil Beneficial for the Brain?

All the latest data about mental health and omega-3 fatty acids for dementia, depression, and ultra-high risk of schizophrenia.

Why Is Navigation Crucial? Because It's the Same as Memory

We are our personality, our personality is what we remember. It follows that the navigation centers of our brain determine who we are
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Putting It in Writing

By Robin Marantz Henig on April 07, 2016 in Cusp
My husband and I drew up our living wills recently -- just part of Life in the Sixties, the realization that it behooves us to finally get our house in order.

On Human Genetic Enhancement

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 03, 2016 in How To Do Life
An interview with George Church

How Using Your GPS Too Much Could Kill You

Relying exclusively on our smartphone's GPS function not only erodes our personal spatial skills, but could adversely affect our brain. Also, it cuts us off from the real world