Studying odour memory is more than just an interesting diversion, it has practical uses too.
Music can be a stronger trigger for shared memories than photos as we age, even in people with dementia.
For couples, families or friends who share a significant song, the effects of music can be powerful and persistent, lasting well into old age, even piercing through dementia.
New research shows that exposure to fine particulate air pollution may double the risk of dementia in older women by increasing growth of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain.
Brain training programs support healthy brain ageing – but you’ve got to choose the right one.
Many brain training programs are based on the principles of neuroplasticity. But a new study shows that less than 40% are backed by proof of efficacy.
A Japanese dementia patient holds a baby seal robot known as Paro.
Perhaps communication robots can one day help people express their views on having a robot in their life.
Vitamin B1 can reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease, but some groups, such as the elderly, aren't getting enough.
Will you still be able to do the crossword when you’re 80? Yep, better than ever, probably.
There are a number of myths associated with what happens to our brain and bodies as we age.
There are many processes that occur as a result of ‘wear and tear’ in the body.
Cells and processes in our body have existed for longer and longer periods of time.
High blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, but now researchers have found that it may be protective in the very old.
People with dementia are prone to getting lost. Thankfully, there's technology to help find them.
What students can learn from time spent in care homes.
Many reasons that weren’t explored may account for the findings that women who drank coffee decreased their risk of dementia.
A study was reported to show caffeine protects older women from dementia. But looking closer at the research, we can't truly claim coffee was the reason some of the women had a lower risk of dementia.
Believe it or not, cats are really useful. Even this one.
Elioth Gruner Spring Frost 1919: one of the paintings included in the gallery’s program.
Art Gallery of New South Wales Gift of F G White 1939
A new study shows that looking at paintings can bring pleasure to people living with dementia, affecting their wellbeing even after the memory of the event has gone.
Tiny particles of a mineral known as magnetite may be causing havoc with our health.
Long after people with dementia have forgotten the names of their loved ones, they can still recall songs they learned in their teenage years.
Strategies for dealing with dementia require reflection.
Small businesses such as pubs and hairdressers are key to allowing people with dementia to maintain meaningful social ties.
Hearing the same questions over and over again can be frustrating, but it’s important you stay calm – they’re not trying to annoy you.
If you care for or know someone with dementia, they've probably asked you “what are we doing today?” “who are you?” or “when are we going home?”
In addition to bed availability, look for specialist dementia wards, skilled staff and good communication channels.
Admitting a loved one to a nursing home is a difficult decision and is usually only arrived at once the person's care needs cannot be met by the family and community-based services.
A blood test for dementia would be great, but there are limitations as to what blood can tell us about our brains.
Blood has some disadvantages for diagnosis as it is separated from the brain by what is called the "blood brain barrier". This makes it difficult to establish that a signal is actually coming from the brain.