It was Alois Alzheimer that performed the autopsy in 1906 that identified the effects that the runaway protein Tau, Beta Amyloid plaque and fibroid tangles had on the brain. These were the bio-markers of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s Dementia, and they were considered to be the result of aging.
The neuroscience community and the pharmaceutical industry tried to come up with answers. It all started 110 years ago, and you would have expected that with all of our technology we would have come up with an answer by now, but the majority of the effort put into finding a cure for Alzheimer’s has been met with frustration and disappointment. Until now, that is.
There are instances when even the most mentally healthy of us has trouble recalling a word during conversation, and it doesn’t only happen to older people, although it probably happens to older adults more frequently.
The question is “Why does it happen?” The only real answer is normal brain function. That leaves us with a myriad of possibilities, but there seem to be some that are more prevalent than others. Continue reading →
Our understanding of our brain and how it functions has developed with the availability of technology. Today we know that your brain probably isn’t what you thought it was!
For centuries available technology led us to believe that the brain was considered to be a fixed, genetic inheritance. The human brain was thought to be a passive receiver and distributor of information. And it was believed that we didn’t generate experience-dependent brain cells much past our early twenties. That meant that for most of us we couldn’t make new memories or learn as we got older. That changed in the 90’s with the availability of new technology.
Why then do we have memory problems as we get older? Why is learning so much more difficult? Why is cognitive decline considered to be the result of aging? And why isn’t cognitive health and ability the concern of people of all ages and not just older adults? What does age have to do with cognitive ability? Finally, can we regain and retain cognitive health at any age? That’s what this website and blog are all about! READ MORE