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