Tag Archives: aging and cognitive decline

WE DIDN’T KNOW-NOW WE DO!

Is Alzheimer’s a disease?  YES, but it’s not a disease like the flu or a virus.  It’s not something air-born that you catch.  Alzheimer’s dementia is a cognitive malfunctioning of the brain that follows a path.  That path begins when we’re younger and continues throughout life.  Unfortunately,a lack of knowledge and understanding has pushed us down a path as we age that’s led to poor brain health, a brain that doesn’t function as effectively as it could, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s dementia. 

Until recently we were led to believe that our brain was a fixed, genetic inheritance and we had to make the best of it.  NOT TRUE!  The internal structure of your brain is constantly changing, along with its capabilities, in response to what you do and don’t do.   Continue reading

Your Brain Isn’t What You Thought It Was

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