A skipped appointment, confusion about how to take a prescription, or a forgotten instruction from our last visit sends my older patients into a spin of nervous panic, embarrassment, defensiveness, a string of excuses, and several assurances that such “highly unusual” memory blips “never happen” on a normal basis.
My younger patients, on the other hand, simply shrug – “oops, sorry Doc. …Read more
Dementia is a mental health condition that is quickly becoming a major health concern around the world. Approximately 35.6 million people suffer from the disease worldwide and 7.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Dementia involves a deterioration of memory, thinking, and behavior. And eventually, it interferes with the ability to carry out simple, everyday tasks. It is a leading cause of disability and dependency in older adults. Not only does dementia …Read more
For many of us, the thought of hot chocolate brings to mind happy childhood memories of being treated with it’s frothy sweetness on cold days, or sipping on it for it’s sleepy warmth before bedtime. However, a Harvard Medical School research team recently proved a case for us older folk to continue indulging in hot chocolate as well. It would seem that this soothing and delicious beverage is not only a sweet treat, but may also hold the key to …Read more
If you’re out and about with friends, it’s important that you’re able to separate background noise from important, meaningful conversation directed at you. As it turns out, the oxytocin hormone – also known as the “love hormone” for its role in sexuality, reproduction and social bonding – may also play a key role in the brain’s ability to perform this important filtering function. A recent study published in Nature explains how this hormone acts to reduce unwanted background noise while …Read more