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Can Improving Hearing Impact Cognitive Health?

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A slow loss of hearing ability is generally viewed as a normal and accepted part of aging. It is an unfortunate reality many of us will face as we get older. About two-thirds of Americans experience some hearing loss by the time they reach their 70s. It is perceived to be so inevitable that many do not seek any treatment or remedy for hearing loss. In fact, less than 15-20 percent of people diagnosed with hearing loss even use hearing aids. However, research is now increasingly pointing to li...
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Social engagement may help slow dementia

According to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, public engagement and civic activity helps the memory center in aging brains maintain its size and in some cases even grow larger. This new research recently appeared in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association and was drawn from a study of a Baltimore based program that matches retirees with young people in public schools to act as reading mentors. At two years in length, this s...
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Cognitive Benefits of Sleep

Everyone enjoys that feeling of waking up refreshed after a good night’s sleep. You might think that during this restful period, your brain and body have turned off or shut down to deliver this sensation of rejuvenation. But in actuality, your brain is quite actively performing many critical functions during sleep. It is for this reason that it is so important to get regular uninterrupted quality sleep so that your brain has a chance to perform these essential tasks during the night. Trash Remo...
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Proper Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Proper eating and nutrition are important for everyone, but eating well presents particular challenges for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Individuals experiencing cognitive decline may find it increasingly difficult to keep track of mealtimes, understand healthy food choices or even how to properly use utensils. Poor nutrition for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia may also lead to worsening symptoms, behavioral problems and unhealthy weight loss. While Alzheimer’s and dementia do...
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The Stages of Alzheimer’s

When an aging loved one starts getting forgetful, misplacing things or repeating questions, you might begin to wonder if this could be an indication of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. It is possible that these lapses are simply a normal part of aging or possibly signs of a mild cognitive impairment unrelated to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. If these behaviors are a concern to you or your loved one, it is important to speak with your doctor in order to get an accurate diagnosis. Alzheimer’s ...
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Is it Alzheimer’s or Just Forgetfulness?

We all forget things from time to time. You might occasionally misplace your keys or forget the name of someone you just met. When forgetfulness starts becoming more frequent, is it a sign of Alzheimer’s? The characteristic symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include more than just occasional forgetfulness. Other signs that may indicate the presence of Alzheimer’s disease include the decline of familiar skills such as simple math or following written instructions, difficulty learning new tasks or a...
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Your Brain: Use It or Lose It

It might make intuitive sense that the more you use your brain – engaging in activities like problem-solving and complex learning – the better it will continue to function as you age. We tend to think of exercising the brain in the same way as physical exercise: the less physically or mentally active you are, the more strength and ability is lost. In other words: use it or lose it. This idea, long regarded as simple common sense, may now have been verified by science. Researchers at Iowa State ...
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Alzheimer’s and The Importance of Reminiscing

Someone with Alzheimer’s may forget a discussion from a few minutes earlier, yet recall an entire conversation from 50 years ago.  This is because the disease effects the short-term memory first.  The result is difficulty in everyday communication. For people with Alzheimer’s, their inability to communicate effectively has a ripple effect on their lives.  They begin to feel disconnected from the people around them, they don’t understand conversations and can’t express themselves accurately.  ...
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