Speed of Speech, Rather Than Loss of Words, May Be an Early Indicator of Dementia

Years before they were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, subtle changes became apparent in the spoken and written words of public figures Ronald Reagan and Iris Murdoch. During non-scripted public speaking, the late President Reagan … [Read more...]

Liability of Drivers (and Their Family Members) Who Drive with Dementia. New Digital Tool Helps Determine When It’s Time to Stop Driving!

Approximately one in nine Americans ages 65 and older, or 6.7 million people, are estimated to live with Alzheimer’s disease, and millions more have other types of dementia. What’s alarming is that the majority of older adults … [Read more...]

What Are the 15 Factors Linked to a Higher Risk of Young-Onset Dementia?

If you're in your 70s or 80s, and you've noticed that you're experiencing some forgetfulness, it may be reasonable to be concerned about memory loss that may or may not be dementia. But what if you're in your 60s, 50s, 40s, or 30s … [Read more...]

Cognitive Testing Doesn’t Have to Cost Thousands — AARP Offers Free New Option

Many don’t realize that the brain is continuously changing and developing across our life span. This doesn’t just happen when we’re young. Some cognitive functions become weaker with age, while others actually … [Read more...]

Coping with the “Transfer Trauma” of Moving a Loved One

Rachel, a caregiver for her mother who is in the early to mid-stages of dementia, is on the emotional roller coaster of moving her mom to an assisted living facility. It’s taking quite a toll on her and her mother, because … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Does Tai Chi Boost Your Memory? 

Dear Hayek, A friend of mine does tai chi once a week because she says that it is good for boosting memory. If this is the case, I will sign up myself! Do you know of any research to corroborate her claim?  Thanks for your … [Read more...]

Could Forgetfulness and Disorganization in Seniors Be ADHD, and Not Mild Cognitive Impairment?

Q. Lately, I’ve become quite forgetful and have been struggling with paying attention to things, impulsivity, and an inability to plan as well as I used to. When I think of cognitive impairment, I think of short-term memory loss, … [Read more...]

What Are the “Big Five” Personality Traits that Can Contribute to Dementia Risk?

Roxanne is 76 and recently started hiking and swimming with fellow enthusiasts from different generations. David, a retired attorney in his 80s, got bored and went back to school and studied for his CPA. He works for a few months … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Can I Maintain and Improve My Cognitive Function in 2024? 

Dear Raider, One of the things that I want to do in 2024 is to take actions to stave off dementia and improve my cognitive functioning, as much as I possibly can.  What are some things I can do to make this New Year’s … [Read more...]

Can Dementia Patients Relearn Day-to-Day Tasks? 

Those with dementia still have the ability to learn new things and relearn tasks they once knew how to perform. This is the conclusion of a doctoral thesis by Swedish scientist Elias Ingebrand, who hopes to debunk the general … [Read more...]

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