Reversal of Cognitive Decline

Across the globe, there has been an increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment in the populace. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and it is estimated that every 66 seconds a new person in the US develops the disease. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is so significant that it […] Read More

Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Music Therapy: Singing for the Brain Improves Relations and Mood

Music therapy involves using music to try and produce a psychological impact on an individual by improving mood, reducing stress, or regulating emotion. For many people listening to music can produce strong emotional responses, especially if they personally connect to the lyrics of a song.  A song can also trigger a memory for some people.  […] Read More

Perceived Caregiver Stress in Cognitive Impairment

  Cross sectional studies have reported a tremendous amount of stress in individuals who are caring for a patient who has Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of mild cognitive impairment. The researchers for this study investigated whether they could measure the perceived stress in caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment.1 […] Read More

Stress Hormones and the Implications for Memory

  Stress can come in many different forms. In animal research it is often identified as psychosocial stress or physical stress. Psychosocial stress is the stress that comes from one’s relationships with others, as well as the social environment in general. For example, stress arises when a person evaluates a situation as personally relevant and […] Read More

Mindfulness Practice Leads to Increases in Regional Brain Gray Matter Density

  Mindful meditation has been reported to produce positive effects that last beyond the time an individual is actually meditating. A large body of research has established the efficacy of these mindfulness-based interventions in reducing symptoms of a number of disorders, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and chronic pain. Meditation has also been […] Read More

Blood Pressure Levels and Brain Atrophy in the Elderly

  When MRI scans are conducted on elderly people, global brain atrophy (reduction of brain volume) is a common finding.1 Elderly people with brain atrophy tend to perform more poorly on neuropsychological testing and may be at increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Besides age, no definite risk factor has been identified for brain atrophy. […] Read More