Fit Minds

Ability to Recognize and Recall Odors May Identify Those at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

A new battery of tests has been developed at MGH in order to identify people who do not yet have clinical Alzheimer’s but are at increased risk for developing it. This is important because identifying these people allows for beginning treatment earlier and for research into new therapies for alleviating Alzheimer’s. This new way to […]

Earlier Alzheimer’s Diagnosis May Be Possible With New Imaging Compound

A Caregiver’s Guide to the Holidays – Surviving the Holidays

Increased activity during the holiday season can be challenging. More large group gatherings, more shopping and a general increase in the speed of life raises stress levels for everyone. If you are the primary caregiver for an individual living with dementia it can feel like too much. So how do you survive the holiday season?                                                                                                                        

Alzheimer’s Study Links Triad of Brain Areas with Cognition

Never Too Old To Grow a “New Brain” Against Dementia

Is Your Mom or Dad Depressed?

Depression is a dark cloud that lowers on us and destroys our emotional well-being.  It drains away our pleasure in life and can lead us to feelings of despair and hopelessness. One of the natural outcomes of depression is withdrawal, leaving individuals isolated and without support.

How Aging Affects Our Memory

I love hearing stories about people in their golden years that are still accomplishing great things. It gives me hope for the future. Michelangelo was still creating when he was over 80. Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals when he was 79, possibly out of necessity. Frank Lloyd Wright worked on the Guggenheim Museum up until he […]

Specific Ways to Improve Your Memory

Being able to remember things depends on your overall health and how well you can maintain mental focus. A recent Mayo Clinic study found that a group of healthy 65 or older adults can improve the speed and accuracy in their overall brain processing. So there is hope for those of us who are aging! […]

Social Networks are Vital for Brain Health

Social networks are important for sustaining us as we age. We enjoy interactions with others and those interactions help us to maintain our emotional balance. We enjoy and gather strength and support from our family and friends.

Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

While both Alzheimer’s and Dementia are similar the two diseases do vary. Both diseases are brain function disorders. Alzheimer’s affects the parts of the brain that control language, thought and memory. Dementia on the other hand affects communication and the ability to perform daily activities. Alzheimer’s is not curable at this time. Some forms of […]