Symptoms of Multi-infarct Dementia

• Uneven, downward decline in mental function. • Small infarcts are followed by some recovery. • Onset may be confusion, followed by gradual, spotty memory loss. • Speech disturbances may be present. • Hallucination and symptoms of delirium. Multi-infarct Dementia is sometimes confused with Alzheimer’s disease. With Multi-infarct Dementia, early treatment of hypertension and vascular disease may prevent progression of [...]

2015-12-29T16:19:42-05:00December 29th, 2015|Alzheimer's and Dementia Care|

On Being Mentally Sharp

New research reported in the Wall Street Journal found that learning to multi-task in a fast-paced environment improved the cognitive ability of older adults, and the improvement was long lasting. Volunteers 60-85 were asked to play a video game called NeuroRacer which required them to steer a car down a winding road. As signs popped up, the volunteers had to [...]

2019-01-02T15:59:11-05:00September 17th, 2014|Alzheimer's and Dementia Care|

The Brain Can Change

By Amy Overman, professor of neuroscience and psychology at Elon University Amy Overman, professor of neuroscience and psychology at Elon University, is an expert in aging and memory including 15 years researching memory in older adults. I have noticed I am not feeling quite as sharp as I used to feel. Is this normal? The brain’s speed of processing and [...]

Keeping a Sharp Memory

Your lifestyle, what you eat and drink and how you treat your body, affects your memory as well as your physical health and wellbeing. Here are five things to keep your mind and body sharp and healthy. 1. Manage stress. Daily stresses such as deadline pressures or petty arguments can distract and affect your ability to focus and recall; however, [...]

2013-12-14T00:34:03-05:00December 14th, 2013|Alzheimer's and Dementia Care|

Senior’s Greatest Fear… Losing Mental Acuity

“I don’t want to lose my mind.” It’s the plaintive cry of the elderly who begin to recognize a change in their ability to remember. What they really mean is they don’t want to lose their memories, the archive of the past that recreates moments in time. These become more precious with age; “the happy existence” one would go back [...]

2013-10-09T18:58:03-04:00October 9th, 2013|Alzheimer's and Dementia Care|

A Boost for Mental Fitness

The human brain weighs just three pounds, but it holds the sum total of all your memories… what you’ve done, who you’ve known, — in short, who you are. But the brain changes with age as you find yourself forgetting things more frequently or finding it harder to concentrate. The good news is that, no matter what your age, it’s [...]

2019-03-12T07:25:59-04:00October 2nd, 2013|Alzheimer's and Dementia Care, Wellness|

Hearing Loss and Dementia

Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, according to a study by Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging. The findings could lead to new ways to combat dementia. Although the link between the two conditions is unknown, the research suggests that a common pathology may [...]

2019-01-02T16:30:49-05:00October 2nd, 2013|Alzheimer's and Dementia Care, Hearing & Vision|
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