Thanks to modern medicine, our life expectancy has greatly increased, and keeping our minds and bodies sharp is vital to enjoying those later years. Welcome to our Aging and Memory Health Center, where you’ll find tips for keeping your memory sharp and your body strong as you age.

What's Developing in Alzheimer's Disease Treatment

  • Posted on: 23 November 2015
  • By: jleff
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Research and trials continue on medications that show promise in treating Alzheimer's disease, including neurotransmitter-targeted drugs.
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After completing my medical training, I became interested in drug development. During the 1980s, I began work in Alzheimer's disease therapeutics. Over the course of my career, attitudes toward dementia have changed drastically.

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7 Easy Ways to Prevent Alzheimer's

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: jleff
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There are no surefire ways to prevent or cure Alzheimer's, but there are some preventive strategies.
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There are no surefire ways to prevent or cure Alzheimer's, but there are some preventive strategies that may help preserve memory and preempt disease.
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If you were to ask people what their greatest health fear was, Alzheimer's might top the list. Many people fear Alzheimer's even more than than they fear cancer, studies show.

It's not difficult to understand why. The progressive neurodegenerative disorder robs a person of both their memory and cognitive ability. Many times it results in extreme behavioral changes. This incurable disease is the leading cause of dementia in people aged 65-plus.

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High Blood Pressure May Hike Dementia Risk

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: jleff
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High blood pressure, particularly in middle age, might open the door to dementia, the American Heart Association warns in a new scientific statement.
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High blood pressure, particularly in middle age, might open the door to dementia, the American Heart Association warns in a new scientific statement.

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MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News)—High blood pressure, particularly in middle age, might open the door to dementia, the American Heart Association warns in a new scientific statement.

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People-Oriented Jobs May Help Lower Alzheimer's Risk

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: jleff
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Brain-challenging jobs—especially ones focused on people—may help shield a person's mind against the ravages of age-related dementia, a new study finds.
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Brain-challenging jobs—especially ones focused on people—may help shield a person's mind against the ravages of age-related dementia, a new study finds.

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SUNDAY, July 24, 2016 (HealthDay News)—Brain-challenging jobs—especially ones focused on people—may help shield a person's mind against the ravages of age-related dementia, a new study finds.

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Old Drug May Boost Brain's Memory Centers

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: jleff
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A long-used drug called methylene blue may rev up activity in brain regions involved in short-term memory and attention, a small study suggests.
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A long-used drug called methylene blue may rev up activity in brain regions involved in short-term memory and attention, a small study suggests.

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TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News)—A long-used drug called methylene blue may rev up activity in brain regions involved in short-term memory and attention, a small study suggests.

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Loss of Y Chromosome in Men Tied to Alzheimer's Risk

  • Posted on: 14 December 2016
  • By: jleff
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Men who lose Y chromosomes from their blood cells as they age may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.
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Men who lose Y chromosomes from their blood cells as they age may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

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MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Men who lose Y chromosomes from their blood cells as they age may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

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10 Ways to Enhance Your Memory

  • Posted on: 9 December 2015
  • By: Sheryl Kraft
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Some memory loss may be inevitable, but these 10 tips can help you keep your memory sharp and possibly delay dementia.

Oops, you forgot where you put your keys. Or you can't remember what's-her-name's name.

Forgetting things is a common experience, but it can be frustrating and even frightening. Yet, it doesn't have to mean all hope is lost. Whatever your age, there are ways to improve your cognitive skills.

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A Blood Test for Alzheimer's Moves Closer to Reality

  • Posted on: 20 October 2015
  • By: jleff
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Researchers say they have moved closer to developing a blood test for Alzheimer's disease that would enable earlier detection and treatment.

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MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News)—Researchers say they have moved closer to developing a blood test for Alzheimer's disease.

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Not Enough of THIS Could Lead to Memory Loss, Study Says

  • Posted on: 15 September 2015
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A new study has found that adults with low levels of Vitamin D could be at risk for Dementia, memory loss, and poor thinking skills.

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TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mental function may decline faster in older adults with low levels of vitamin D, a new study suggests.

Among more than 380 people the researchers followed for an average of five years, those with dementia had the lowest levels of vitamin D.

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