Tag Archives: memory loss

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

Show You Care: the Rachael Ray Way

By Tracy A. Mozingo Food is a source of life; it is also a source of comfort. It helps heal the grieving, serves as a welcome relief for a proud (and weary) new mom and dad, and is often a … Continue reading

Spinal Fluid Test Can Predict Early Alzheimer’s

A test that measures proteins in the spinal fluid was accurate in detecting which people with memory problems would go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The findings could lead to a safe and accurate way to test for Alzheimer’s disease … Continue reading

Social Security

What is Social Security? Social Security is a mandatory government program that taxes your income while you are working and pays out benefits (supplemental income) in a number of ways when you retire or if you become disabled. Keep in … 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

Long-Term Care Ombudsman

What is a Long-Term Care Ombudsman? A Long-Term Care Ombudsman is an advocate for residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes, as well as board and care homes. Ombudsmen provide information about how to find a facility and what … 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 Brain Scans and Gene Studies Can Teach Us About Alzheimer’s

Gene researchers have discovered several genes that may play a role in Alzheimer’s, and doctors who study the brain using imaging scans have identified changes in certain brain structures that may also be associated with the disease. Now, scientists have … Continue reading

Recruiting Stress Proteins to clean up tangles in the brain

The brains of people with Alzheimer’s contain large numbers of plaques and tangles. Plaques are formed from beta-amyloid. Tangles are made of a protein called tau. Like beta-amyloid, tangles can also damage the brain and thus contribute to the devastating … Continue reading

Reversing Nerve Cell Damage

The devastating loss of memory that is the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the death of nerve cells “strangled” by beta amyloid. In what would have seemed like science fiction a decade ago, the Fisher Center Foundation’s scientists … Continue reading