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Controlling High Blood Pressure Is Good for the Brain

— Why do older adults experience memory and thinking problems? For years, the assumption was that most dementia was caused by Alzheimer’s disease. But more recent research using advanced brain imaging and large collections of data has shown that it’s not that simple. A study of 1,100 older adults released by the U.S. Department of Veterans... Read More

Communication With a Loved One Who Is Living With Alzheimer’s Disease

— June was Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. This is a time that we focus on the 50 million people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease—and also on the many millions of family members and friends who are supporting their well-being. Family caregiving is hard work, especially when a loved one is living with memory loss.... Read More

Protecting Our Brains During the Pandemic

— While most people think of COVID-19 as primarily affecting the lungs, the data on millions of patients shows it can damage other body systems, including the brain. Some patients have experienced serious brain inflammation, delirium, hallucinations, psychotic symptoms, and strokes. Others report a milder, but still troubling, set of symptoms that some experts are referring... Read More

To Create Memories, Put Down Your Camera and Pick up a Pen!

— These days, more and more people have a smartphone—and most of those phones come equipped with a camera. It’s become our impulse to whip out our phone or digital camera to take a photo of anything interesting we see. But a number of experts say that relying on our devices to do all the remembering... Read More

Could Your Loved One Have an Anxiety Disorder?

— These days, it seems like we have a lot to worry about! The coronavirus outbreak, politics, the stock market, all added to our usual worries about health, money, perhaps the problems of other family members … we can all be excused for being fretful. But chronic worrying might be a sign of an anxiety disorder,... Read More

13 Ways to Beat Depression During the Pandemic

— When we’re experiencing an emotionally distressing time, so often we turn to others. But as the coronavirus epidemic continues, many of the traditional ways we seek comfort are unavailable to us. A hug from a loved one or stranger, a get-together to discuss our grief and worries over coffee, a spontaneous gathering to light candles... Read More

Brain Health: What Really Works?

— Polls show that when it comes to aging, worrying about memory loss is a top concern of Americans. A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation found that nearly half of middle-age residents of the U.S. think they’re at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or another type of... Read More

A More Senior-Friendly Police Force

— Beth’s father is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Beth is usually careful that he doesn’t leave the house alone, but one night she forgot to lock the door, and in the morning, Dad was gone. Should she call the police? Before she could decide, the police called her. Although Dad had quit smoking 20 years before,... Read More

Hosting the Holidays When a Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

— Whether your family celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other winter holidays, you are probably making plans right now for the festivities. If you are caring for a family member who has Alzheimer’s disease or another type of memory loss, some advance preparation can help things go smoothly. Before the visit If you are the family... Read More

Seven Great Reasons Seniors Should Add More Music to Their Lives

— Every human culture has a musical tradition. Why do we love music? If you think about it, isn’t it remarkable that among all the many noises in the world, we perceive certain tones, patterns and intervals as “music”? Brain scientists continue to study this uniquely human mystery, and now they are even using advanced imaging... Read More