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

Update on Aaron Hernandez: Brain Injuries Led to Tragedy

By Rita Watson MPH on September 21, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Football players with repetitive injuries can experience aggressive behavior, depression, eventual dementia and even suicide.

Folate for Depression, Schizophrenia and Dementia

Are you curious about the evidence for folate supplementation as a treatment for serious mental health problems? Emerging research findings support its use.

The New Erotic Frontier: Sex in Nursing Homes

By Michael Castleman M.A. on September 15, 2017 in All About Sex
Nursing homes are slowly moving from a policy of “don’t” to “do not disturb.”

Exploding Three Myths and Stereotypes of Aging

Are we really predestined to become senile and fall apart as we age? Let's stand up for ourselves and appreciate the facts of growing older.

3 Tips to Give Your Brain the Sleep It Needs

A few tips can help transform your sleep-deprived brain into a sharper, faster version of itself.

Eating Your Way to Better Brain Health

We are what we eat, so eat your way to better brain health

Vitamin B12, Thiamin, and Niacin in Mental Health Care

Curious about the roles of vitamin B12, thiamin, and niacin in healthy brain functioning?

Folate: An Essential Vitamin for Good Mental Health

Are you curious about the role of folate or l-methylfolinic acid in mental health care? Many studies show that folate plays important roles in good mental health.

Want to Keep Your Brain Youthful? You Should Be Dancing

By Christopher Bergland on August 26, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New research confirms that any type of aerobic activity has neuroprotective benefits. That said, learning choreographed dance routines appear to have specific anti-aging benefits.

Tuberculosis and Dementia

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in iAge
What if we knew the cause of Alzheimer's disease more than 100 years ago? TB is emerging to be one of the most likely candidates that causes the amyloid cascade in the brain.

Can Woodpeckers Save Football?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in The Human Beast
Woodpeckers hurl their heads at massive trees a hundred times a minute. Yet, they evidently experience no brain damage. How do they do it?

Dietary Modification in Mental Health Care

Do you ever wonder about the role of nutrition in mental health? Simple changes in the diet can go a long way toward improving your mental health.
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Deuces Wild

By Elizabeth Young on August 21, 2017 in Adaptations
Marty doesn't play with us anymore. The guys talk about him occasionally: Ed reports that he is quieter, more remote, as kind and gentle as ever.
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Interpreting signs and symbols

Signs and symbols expressed by the patient’s unconscious in dreams may enable health care professionals to identify the pernicious onset of delirium.

New Research Confirms 9 Ways to Help Beat Dementia

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 17, 2017 in Cravings
Don't wait until you're old to worry about dementia—act now to prevent cognitive decline.

Glen Campbell’s Farewell Tour, Accompanied by Alzheimer’s

By Dean Olsher MS, MT-BC, LCAT on August 09, 2017 in A Sound Mind
"Even though Campbell cannot recognize himself in a home movie from his younger days, he is still able to deploy his exquisite singing voice and guitar chops onstage."
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Dementia and Cancer: the Two-Thirds Rule

Is luck the biggest factor in health outcomes?

Is Mouth Bacteria Causing Dementia?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in iAge
It is biologically feasible for oral bacteria to go through the bloodstream, reach the brain and either initiate or promote existing lesions and cause an inflammatory response.
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From the Cradle to the Grave, Looking Back

By Greg O'Brien on July 28, 2017 in On Pluto
“As I watched my wife of 66 years begin to deteriorate with dementia, it was the first serious trauma I had faced since losing my parents."

Dementia of Youth—Why Our Memories Are So Unreliable

Do you feel a little lost in your life choices? Small mindset shifts can go a long way

Psychological Gifts You Can Give Yourself Over The Summer

Have you taken full advantage of the summer? Here are a few things to consider to boost your brain.

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?