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

One More Reason Aerobic Exercise Is So Good for Your Brain

Researchers have pinpointed a molecular mechanism that might explain why physical activity improves cognitive function, boosts brain power, and reduces dementia.

Can Robots Help People With Dementia in the Community?

What can be done to help relieve the symptoms of dementia? Robots are being developed to assist.
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The Lexicon of Delirium

We must depart from traditional perspectives on delirium that have presented it as an entity without history, and one bordering on a transcendent ideal.

Caution: Memory at Work

By Paula Croxson Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Selective Memory
A new study sheds light on how we keep our minds on the task at hand even when faced with the distractions of modern life.

Should You Eat Chocolate Every Day?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on June 30, 2017 in Cravings
There's enough scientific evidence to suggest it might not be a bad idea.

Beyond the Prophylactic and the Panacea

The hospital is a complex solution for the care of the elderly and delirium is an evolutionary fact for which assistance must be given.

Making Peace with Your Adult Children

By Kathy McCoy Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Complicated Love
Want to enjoy better health as you age? Improving a certain relationship may be the key!

Surviving Father's Day

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Social Lights
Strategies for coping with father loss.

How Our Bodies Age (Part 3)

What changes in our nervous system can we expect as we age? And what are the implications?

Can Pet Crickets Improve the Well-being of the Elderly?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Animals and Us
A high quality randomized control study finds that caring for pet crickets has a surprisingly positive impact on the well-being of elderly people.
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Is It Time to Get Your Hearing Checked?

By Shari Eberts on June 05, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Do you or someone you love have a hearing loss? Here are five reasons to find out. Your health and happiness depend on it.

Can You Prevent Alzheimer's Disease with Diet and Exercise?

Scientists are discovering that healthy choices can help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

The Coming Pandemic of Lyme Dementia

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on May 29, 2017 in iAge
How a growing threat from Lyme disease can see an explosion of cases of dementia.

Diet Soda Tied to Memory Loss

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 08, 2017 in Open Gently
Soda, diet or sugary, is linked to memory loss.

Cognitive Benefits of Exercise Outshine Brain-Training Games

There is growing evidence that physical activity is more effective than sedentary "brain-training" games for maintaining robust cognitive function and "working memory" as we age.
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The Risk of Stroke and Dementia Masked by Simple Colors

By John Nosta on April 21, 2017 in The Digital Self
New data suggest that sugar substitutes might be dangerous. The trick is to hide this issue with simple and powerful branding.

The Courage of Bob

By Greg O'Brien on April 17, 2017 in On Pluto
At 78, there are a lot of miles on Bob Bertschy, who, as a lanky young ballplayer, crouched behind home plate, wearing the “tools of ignorance,” as a catcher with the LA Dodgers.

Glaucoma, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Disease, and Nicotinamide

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on April 06, 2017 in Fighting Fear
Every once in a while an unapproved treatment seems worth considering.

The Drug Industry Against Dementia

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on April 01, 2017 in iAge
Who's running the show in dementia treatment? Would a cure make more money?

Ginkgo Biloba for Mild to Moderate Dementia

If you or a loved one are thinking about trying Ginkgo for a memory problem, first review the evidence. Findings for Ginkgo in dementia are inconsistent.

Dietary Changes Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

Are you worried about developing Alzheimer's disease? Simple dietary changes can reduce your risk.

Reminiscing Therapy and Dementia

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in iAge
Why does remembering the past, as promoted in Reminiscing Therapy, improve the behavior, mood and thinking of people with dementia?

The Neuroscience of Fearful Memories and Avoidance Behaviors

By Christopher Bergland on February 20, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have identified how the brain remembers fearful experiences. And how fear-based memories can lead to avoidance behaviors.

Alzheimer's Disease: Repeating Failures

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in iAge
What we have learned from history is that dementia is complex; why are we simplifying the disease again?

Another Limitless Pill Hits the Market. Does It Deliver?

By Richard E. Cytowic M.D. on February 10, 2017 in The Fallible Mind
Drugs that modulate cognition work in those who truly need help. While not intended for healthy brains, some continue to rack up glowing testimonials—especially from journalists.

Self-Actualization Through Music

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on February 09, 2017 in A Sound Mind
One reason the creative arts are a powerful therapeutic resource is that they function on multiple levels. This particular song operated on at least three.

Staffing Shortage Underserves Long Term Care Residents

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
There are simply not enough staff to supervise the daily activities of long-term care residents.

3 Simple Steps to Boosting Your Brainpower

By Michelle Braun Ph.D, ABPP-CN on February 03, 2017 in Ageless
The secret to improving your memory and reducing your risk of Alzheimer's is closer than you think.

Lessons From The Abyss

By Joe Navarro M.A. on January 22, 2017 in Spycatcher
Valuable lessons in dealing with those suffering from Alzheimer's.
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Why Music Matters

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 21, 2017 in Memory Medic
You haven't outgrown the music of your teenage years. You just need reminding. So when you are down, bring out the CDS and tapes of your favorite music.