In this episode we address the complexities of aging memory, Alzheimer’s, and the latest in treatment advancements. The discussion kicks off with an exploration of memory changes associated with normal aging, distinguishing these from Alzheimer’s disease.
We discuss the impact of lifestyle factors like alcohol, sleep, and new medications on memory preservation and Alzheimer’s risk. There are subtle differences in memory loss experienced in normal aging, such as forgetfulness and word-finding difficulties, and the more severe and rapid forgetting characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease due to brain damage.
This segment is a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding the nuances of memory changes as we age.
Educated at Haverford College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Andrew Budson is Chief of Cognitive Behavioral Neurology at the VA Boston Healthcare System, Associate Director of the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Professor of Neurology at Boston University, and Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School.
He has written 9 books, including his latest, Seven Steps to Managing Your Aging Memory—now in its 2nd edition—which explains how to distinguish changes in memory due to Alzheimer’s versus normal aging, what medications, diets, and exercise regimes can help, and the best habits, strategies, and memory aids to keep your memory strong.
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