141022 When to visit the doctor for memory loss

Many older adults worry about their memory and other thinking abilities. For example, they might be concerned about taking longer than before to learn new things, or they may sometimes forget to pay a bill. These changes are usually signs of mild forgetfulness — often a normal part of aging — not serious memory problems.

071022 Dementia and aging

Dementia is not a normal part of aging. It includes the loss of cognitive functioning — thinking, remembering, learning, and reasoning — and behavioral abilities to the extent that it interferes with a person's quality of life and activities. Memory loss, though common, is not the only sign of dementia. People with dementia may also have problems with language skills, visual perception, or paying attention. Some people have personality changes.

300922 Mild cognitive impairment

Some older adults have a condition called mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, meaning they have more memory or other thinking problems than other people their age. People with MCI can usually take care of themselves and do their normal activities. MCI may be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease, but not everyone with MCI will develop Alzheimer's.

230922 Memory Forgetfulness, and Aging: What’s Normal and What’s Not?

Many older adults worry about their memory and other thinking abilities. For example, they might be concerned about taking longer than before to learn new things, or they may sometimes forget to pay a bill. These changes are usually signs of mild forgetfulness — often a normal part of aging — not serious memory problems.

200922 Physical activity associated with slower cognitive decline in people with high levels of tau protein

Engaging in high or medium levels of physical activity was associated with slower rates of cognitive decline in people with high or low levels of tau, compared to those with little physical activity.

Physical activity associated with slower cognitive decline in people with high levels of tau protein

Engaging in high or medium levels of physical activity was associated with slower rates of cognitive decline in people with high or low levels of tau, compared to those with little physical activity. Led by researchers from the Rush University Medical Center, the findings were published in JAMA Network Open on Aug. 11. The researchers noted that measuring levels of tau, a protein that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, in the blood could help identify people who might benefit from early intervention to slow cognitive decline.

080221 Hearing aids can help keep the brain healthy as you age

The first is a large-scale study from the U.K.’s University of Exeter and King’s College London building on previous research from the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care. The study followed 25,000 people ages 50 and older for several years. All had hearing difficulty and could use hearing amplification. One group got hearing aids, the other did not. All were given a battery of memory and cognitive, or thinking, tests.

250121 Body changes after sixty, information for those with inquiring minds part two of two

Body changes after sixty, information for those with inquiring minds part two of two Normal Cognitive Aging Highlights from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4015335/ To read the entire document just click on the URL above. The number of Americans over the age of 65 is projected to more than double in the next forty years, increasing from 40.2 million … Continue reading 250121 Body changes after sixty, information for those with inquiring minds part two of two

150121 Body changes after sixty, information for those with inquiring minds part one of two

150121 Body changes after sixty, information for those with inquiring minds part one of two Here is a short, perhaps, depressing list of a few of the things that happen as we get older. Take heart though because, to a certain extent, mitigation of some of these issues helps, so don’t give up hope just … Continue reading 150121 Body changes after sixty, information for those with inquiring minds part one of two

140121 Tips for wearing a face mask and glasses with hearing aids

If you wear glasses, use hearing aids, and during this COVID-19 pandemic, also wear a mask, this piece is for you! This is longer than the normal one from me, but it is highly informative and I urge you to read it through to make the day easier when combining all three of the aforementioned articles.