The Do-It-Yourself Brain

Just like our muscles, the human brain functions under the principle of “use it or lose it.” This means that rarely used connections between brain cells (neurons) become weaker and can be eliminated over time when you stop using certain skills or are no longer exposed to specific environments.   Exercising your brain strengthens and…

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Would You Benefit From Therapy?

In the past, there have been many obstacles for those seeking therapy services, including stigma, accessibility, time and costs. It is often perceived that therapy is for those who have suffered a life-altering event, trauma, or are living with a major mental illness or addiction. The benefits of therapy are not limited to treating only…

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Mind Over Money: Early Signs of Cognitive Decline

It is normal to experience age-related declines in vision and hearing, speed of thinking, divided attention, occasional word-finding difficulties and misplacing items. So, at what point should you and your family become concerned about cognitive changes?   Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) occurs when cognitive difficulties exceed those of normal aging, but are not severe enough…

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Alcohol and the Older Brain

Alcohol is the most common addictive substance used among older adults. Approximately 50 percent of men and 40 percent of women age 60 or older drink alcohol on a regular basis. There is a large body of research to suggest that alcohol in small amounts can be healthy. The cardiovascular benefits of red wine with…

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Advances in Alzheimer’s Disease Research

Staying current on advances made in Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, is difficult because findings are reported nearly every day in scientific journals and the media. One of my favorite resources for evidence-based information is the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Each year, the conference provides an overview of the year’s best research…

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5 Ways to Get Blood Pumping for Optimal Brain Health

If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, also called hyperlipidemia, it means a lab test showed that you have too much fatty plaque in your blood.  When too much of this plaque builds up in the body’s cardiovascular system (our blood vessels and arteries) it is called atherosclerosis. This leads to a narrowing of the…

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The Five Most Common Questions About Dementia

What’s the Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease? Dementia is a general term for a group of symptoms that cause mental decline. By definition, symptoms of dementia always include changes in three areas: cognitive (short-term memory loss, trouble with word-finding, disorganization), behavior (decreased interest in previously enjoyed activities or irritability) and everyday functioning (forgetting to…

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Healthy Sleeping Habits: What’s Keeping You Up at Night?

The impact of daily and chronic stress has been linked to disturbances in sleep. Many people report sleep disturbances including insomnia, restless and interrupted sleep while experiencing periods of stress or undergoing change. Frequent nights of unrestful sleep can lead to changes in mood including irritability, fatigue, increase in anxiety and depression and cognitive impairments…

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