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Category Archives: Brain Health

Should I Be Worried About My Memory?

What’s your greatest fear about growing older? When asked this question, many people respond, “Losing my memory.” This is a fear based on reality. Alzheimer’s disease, the effects of a stroke, or other types of dementia can rob us of our ability to be independent as we grow older. Especially if our parent or other… Continue Reading

As Memory Fades, Emotions Live On

If you have a friend or loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition, you might wonder whether the things you do with them have any benefit. “I took Mom out to lunch, and she doesn’t even remember,” sighed one daughter. But here’s some research that confirms what most caregivers sense: people with… Continue Reading

Seniors and Epilepsy

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Each year, the National Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) sponsors this recognition date to call attention to this brain disorder, which causes an interruption in normal function resulting in seizures. There are many types of seizures. In some types, a person might fall to the ground and experience stiffened muscles, jerks… Continue Reading

Exercising Your Brain Lowers Dementia Risk—And It Can Be Fun!

For years, Mayo Clinic neuropsychiatrist Dr. Yonas Geda has been studying the effect of mental exercise on the brain. In 2009, Dr. Geda reported that activities such as reading books, playing cards or doing craft activities such as pottery or quilting could dramatically slow the rate of memory loss in older adults. (TV watching was… Continue Reading