Featured Health Topic: Memory/Cognitive Health
Cognition is the ability to think, learn, and remember. It is the basis for how we reason, judge, concentrate, plan, and organize. Good cognitive health, like physical health, is very important as we get older, so that we can stay independent and keep active. Some declines in cognition and memory with age are normal, but sometimes they can signal problems. Scientists are studying how people might keep their brains sharp and prevent the cognitive decline seen in Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Many possibilities are being tested.
The National Institute on Aging at NIH has information that can help with some questions about forgetfulness or brain health. The evidence-based resources listed here help explain some of the critical research being done in this area.
NIA Information on Memory/Cognitive Health
Memory/Cognitive Health News
Brain scans offer insights into loss of money skills
July 12, 2016
High blood pressure is linked to cognitive decline
June 16, 2016
Does poor sleep raise risk for Alzheimer’s disease?
February 29, 2016
Use of anticholinergic drugs linked to higher dementia risk
February 3, 2015
NIA guide for primary care doctors on assessing cognitive impairment
November 3, 2014
Helping primary care providers screen for cognitive impairment
October 30, 2014
Learn about participating in Alzheimer’s research in new NIH booklet
September 10, 2014
Can we modify the brain to prevent memory loss, lags in processing, and other signs of cognitive decline? The Synapse Project at the University of Texas at Dallas is comparing intellectual stimulation, social interaction, and exercise as potential strategies for preventing cognitive decline. Read more about the Synapse Project and related research »