Senior Center

Memory problems

Genes Several genes have been implicated in Alzheimer's, but the big one is the e4 allele of the ApoE gene (on chromosome 19). This variant is found in about a quarter of the population. Having it...
Cameron Camp, director of the Myers Research Institute, began looking at the Montessori method as a way of helping Alzheimer's patients some 10 years ago. The Montessori method, developed...
Most cognitive processes decline with age It does appear that most component processes of cognition decline with advanced age if the difficulty level is sufficiently...
Except in the cases of stroke or traumatic brain injury, loss of cognitive function is not something that happens all at once. Cognitive impairment that comes with age may be thought of as...
Genes Several genes have been implicated in Alzheimer's, but the big one is the e4 allele of the ApoE gene (on chromosome 19). This variant is found in about a quarter of the population. Having it...
Planning memory contains your plans and goals (such as, “I must pick up the dry-cleaning today”; “I intend to finish this project within three months”)....
Have you ever been driving a car and suddenly you’re not sure what to do? You’re traveling along in usual automatic fashion and there comes a...
There is a very common form of forgetfulness that is not really a failure of memory. When we get in our car to drive to place A and find ourselves instead on the road to the more...
A very common situation today, which is probably responsible for a great deal of modern anxiety about failing memory, is that where we're required to “...
I was recently asked for advice in the case of increased “brain blocks” — failures to retrieve information that should be readily accessible. This...

Behaviors that affect your memory & cognition

We all know that lack of sleep makes us more prone to attentional failures, more likely to make mistakes, makes new information harder to learn, old information harder to...
The effects of exercise on cognitive function in older adults A number of studies in the past few years have provided evidence that physical exercise can ameliorate the effects of aging on the brain...
The evidence that diet, physical exercise, and mental stimulation all help prevent age-related cognitive decline and reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment
A perennial topic in the arena of memory improvement is the question of “food for the brain”, and in particular, whether there are dietary supplements that can improve your mental...
What is neurogenesis? Neurogenesis — the creation of new brain cells — occurs of course at a great rate in the very young. For a long time, it was not thought to occur in adult...

Everyday memory strategies

As we all know, rhyme and rhythm help make information more memorable. Here's a few ideas that may help you use them more effectively. Rhythm and rhyme are of course quite separate things, and are...
The more hyped and less plausible passive Mozart Effect
The evidence that diet, physical exercise, and mental stimulation all help prevent age-related cognitive decline and reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment
Common everyday memory strategies The most frequently used everyday memory strategies are:
We forget someone’s name, and our response might be: “Oh I’ve always been terrible at remembering names!” Or: “I’m getting old; I really can’t remember...