Category Archives: Cognitive Impairment

Foggy ‘old age’ brain may be prevented by an existing drug, riluzole

Forgetfulness, it turns out, is all in the head. Scientists have shown fading memory and clouding judgment, the type that comes with advancing age, show up as lost and altered connections between neurons in the brain. But new experiments suggest … Continue reading

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The Dementia that is NOT Alzheimer’s Disease

Newswise — Lewy body dementia (LBD) — a complex, challenging and surprisingly common brain disease — is often misdiagnosed as its “cousin,” Alzheimer’s disease. And that could lead to devastating results. According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), accurate … Continue reading

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Little Evidence Brain Games Boost Intelligence or Prevent Dementia

Newswise — Computerized brain games that are advertised as a way to help boost intelligence and prevent dementia will be popular Christmas gifts this year. But there’s little scientific evidence to support these industry claims, said Loyola University Medical Center … Continue reading

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Memory lapses among highly educated may signal higher stroke risk

People with a high level of education who complain about memory lapses have a higher risk for stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. “Studies have shown how stroke causes memory complaints,” said Arfan Ikram, … Continue reading

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A combination of physical activity and computerized brain training improves verbal memory and increases cerebral glucose metabolism in the elderly

Transl Psychiatry. 2014 Dec 2;4:e487. doi: 10.1038/tp.2014.122. A combination of physical activity and computerized brain training improves verbal memory and increases cerebral glucose metabolism in the elderly. Shah T1, Verdile G2, Sohrabi H1, Campbell A3, Putland E4, Cheetham C5, Dhaliwal … Continue reading

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Forget About the Car Keys, Do You Know When to Take Away Your Parent’s Checkbook?

Newswise — BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Many Americans have struggled with the thorny issue of suggesting an elderly loved one should give up the car keys, but experts suggest caregivers may also need to be mindful of seniors’ ability to manage … Continue reading

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Why do so many seniors with memory loss and dementia never get tested?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Despite clear signs that their memory and thinking abilities have gone downhill, more than half of seniors with these symptoms haven’t seen a doctor about them, a new study finds. University of Michigan researchers and their … Continue reading

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Stressful relationships tied to mental decline

Having close personal relationships in middle age that cause stress, problems or worries, may contribute to a decline in thinking ability in older age, according to a new study. “Any relationship involves both positive and negative exchanges, especially those close … Continue reading

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Turmeric could lower cognitive impairment risk among some diabetics

Adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment. The finding has particular significance given that the world’s ageing … Continue reading

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Reminiscing Can Help Boost Mental Performance

Newswise — ITHACA, N.Y. – To solve a mental puzzle, the brain’s executive control network for externally focused, goal-oriented thinking must activate, while the network for internally directed thinking like daydreaming must be turned down to avoid interference – or … Continue reading

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A rich vocabulary can protect against cognitive impairment

Some people suffer incipient dementia as they get older. To make up for this loss, the brain’s cognitive reserve is put to the test. Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela have studied what factors can help to improve … Continue reading

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Problem drinking in midlife doubles chance of memory problems in later life

A study published today [Weds July 30] in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry indicates that middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking are more than twice as likely to suffer from severe memory impairment in later life. The … Continue reading

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New mindfulness coping strategy for the memory impaired and their caregivers

CHICAGO — Mindfulness training for individuals with early-stage dementia and their caregivers together in the same class was beneficial for both groups, easing depression and improving sleep and quality of life, reports new Northwestern Medicine study. “The disease is challenging … Continue reading

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