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

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.

Physical Fitness Keeps Your Brain in Good Shape, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on January 16, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New groundbreaking research pinpoints specific brain areas that benefit from staying physically fit.

Effective Non-medication Treatments of Dementia

If you are worried about memory problems or you've recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease many alternative therapies may help.

These Foods Can Help Preserve Your Intelligence

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on December 22, 2016 in Cravings
Scientists have identified a single nutrient found in many common foods that can help preserve your gray matter and protect against age-related loss of brain power.

Frequent Sauna Use May Reduce Risk of Dementia, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on December 20, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A first-of-its-kind study from Finland reports that frequent sauna use is associated with a dramatic reduction in the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
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How to Save Your Brain

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff on December 19, 2016 in Brainstorm
Specific nutrients play key roles in preserving intelligence and the ability to access it.
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Language of Love

By Stephen Gray Wallace on December 16, 2016 in Decisions Teens Make
For many people, young and old, the holiday season may ring in—or at least exacerbate—a sense of loneliness.

Runners' Brains May Develop Greater Connectivity

By Christopher Bergland on December 15, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Musical training and endurance running promote similar changes in brain structure and connectivity, according to a new study.

Study: Aerobic Exercise Leads to Remarkable Brain Changes

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A revolutionary neuroimaging technique reaffirms that aerobic exercise significantly increases brain volume and improves cognitive function.

Specific Ways to Improve Your Memory

Do you think your memory has declined over time? Perhaps there are concrete things you can do to improve it.

Never Too Old To Grow a "New Brain" Against Dementia

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on November 05, 2016 in iAge
So the good news is that all of us, especially older adults, have dementia. Yes, that is the good news.
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How Aging Affects Our Memory

What is the upper limit for aging and creativity?

Why Malnutrition Too Often Goes Undiagnosed

By Mark Corkins M.D. on October 27, 2016 in Your Child’s Health
Malnutrition is a growing US healthcare concern.
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The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging

By Shaili Jain M.D. on October 20, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
Recently, I spoke with Dr. Joan Cook, clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, about PTSD in older adults.