Tag Archives: aging

Depression Increases the Risk of Alzheimer’s

One of the largest and longest studies to date shows that being depressed increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia later in life by 50 percent. The study, part of the large and ongoing Framingham Heart … Continue reading

Medigap: Medicare Supplemental Insurance

What is Medigap or Medicare Supplemental Insurance? A Medigap policy is health insurance sold by private insurance companies to fill the “gaps” in your Medicare Part A and Part B coverage: it helps pay some of the health care costs … Continue reading

Medicare

What is the difference between Medicaid and Medicare? This is a very common question. Medicaid is a type of government program that offers health insurance to people with limited incomes. It is available to people of all ages, including children, … Continue reading

World Alzheimer’s Day: September 21

World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st of each year, is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of … Continue reading

Memory Loss

What is Memory Loss? Memory loss is unusual forgetfulness that can be caused by brain damage due to disease or injury, or it can be caused by severe emotional trauma. Possible Causes of Memory Loss: Aging Alzheimer’s disease Other forms … Continue reading

What are the Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Two proven risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease are age and family history. The disease usually strikes after age 65, and risk increases with advancing age. Having a family member with Alzheimer’s increases one’s risk, particularly if the relative has the … Continue reading

Where to Go for an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Most people usually turn first to their primary physician. Going to a doctor you know, or who knows you or your affected loved one, can ease anxiety. In some cases, it may be prudent to request to be referred to … Continue reading

What Happens To The Brain in Alzheimer’s Disease?

People with AD gradually suffer memory loss and a decline in thinking abilities, as well as major personality changes. These losses in cognitive function are accompanied by changes in the brain, including the build-up of amyloid plaques and tau-containing neurofibrillary … Continue reading

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. (Dementia literally means loss of mentation, or thinking.) At the moment, Alzheimer’s is progressive and irreversible. Abnormal changes in the brain worsen over … Continue reading

Worries About Memory May Signal Later Alzheimer’s Disease

July 1, 2010 Elderly men and women who are worried about memory loss are more likely to develop more serious memory and thinking problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, than their age-matched peers without memory problems, a new study reports. The findings … Continue reading