memory loss

Thanks, Internet, for the Memories

Posted on 05/23/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyAge UK, a British organization that strives to help older people get more out of digital technology, is hoping to win financial support from Google’s Global Impact Challenge for what could be a revolutionary idea. It wants to help thousands of people in Great Britain reminisce about their past via the Internet, as a way of teaching them about the value of being online and how it can improve their lives and decrease feelings of isolation. And although the project isn’t …

Senate Aging Committee to Showcase Virtual Talking Dog

Posted on 05/22/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyAs you’ve probably noticed, congressional events increasingly seem to feature movie stars such as Harrison Ford and other celebrities as a way of gaining public attention for an issue. But at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Healthy Aging Forum, scheduled for May 23 on Capitol Hill, there will be an even more unusual guest: GeriJoy, the talking virtual dog developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. GeriJoy is specifically designed to give older people with dementia …

Ashley Campbell: Alzheimer’s Is Stealing My Father’s Memories

Posted on 04/25/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIt had all the makings of a doleful country song – a heartbroken young woman watching her father’s memories slip away from Alzheimer’s Disease. Ashley Campbell told her story to the Senate Special Committee on Aging on April 24. Beside her sat her father, country music legend Glenn Campbell, who no longer tours because of the disease. They were there to press for a plan by the Alzheimer’s Association to find effective treatments by 2025. Ashley Campbell spoke of memories …

Brain Fitness: Four Strategies to Keep Your Wits with Aging

Posted on 03/6/2013 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthHowever magnificent one’s earlier accomplishments, getting older can be a humbling experience. Loss of peripheral vision and depth judgment, lessened hearing acuity, decreased sensitivity of taste buds, stiffened arteries, declining bone density, a less efficient heart pump, reduced lung capacity, wrinkling of skin, reduced muscle strength and, for some, loss of hair are a few of the physical changes that are biologically predetermined. The aging process also brings social and emotional losses. As we age, parents and older relatives die, …

The Sheryl Crow Effect: Learning About Benign Brain Tumors

Posted on 06/6/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthShe’s calling it just “a bump in the road,” but the news this week that singer Sheryl Crow has a benign brain tumor shocked her fans. It also made a lot of us wonder if, like Crow, those occasional memory lapses we suffer could indicate something more serious. Crow, a breast cancer survivor who recently turned 50, said she initially thought that  she was forgetting things — like the lyrics to her hit song, “Soak Up The Sun” — because …

Stuff the Belly, Starve the Mind, Study Finds

Posted on 02/14/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHere’s something to think about before you hit the all-you-can-eat buffet: Mayo Clinic researchers found that overeating doubles the risk of memory loss in those age 70 and over. The study looked at 1,200 adults, ages 70 to 89, none with dementia, but 163 with mild cognitive impairment. The researchers found that those who ate more than 2,142 calories a day had nearly twice the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) compared to those who ate fewer than 1,526 calories …