Aging Resources

Research Articles

A Healthy Brain: Use It or Lose It!

If you want strong muscles, you need to do a lot of physical activity, like regular exercise, strength training, or weight lifting. “Use it or lose it” is a phrase that refers to building and maintaining strong muscles.

Are My Memory Changes Normal?

As the human body ages, so does the brain, even with normal healthy aging. Some older adults may begin to notice that it is now taking a little longer to learn new things, or they have become a little forgetful. They may misplace things like keys or glass...

Dementia Risk: Is It Nature or Nurture?

There has long been a debate as to whether most of the factors that make us who we are come from genetic or environmental influences—the so-called “nature vs. nurture” debate. Scientists seem to agree that both genetic influences (what we’re born with) AN...

Late-Life Depression

Having the occasional period of feeling sad or blue, which then resolves on its own is a normal part of life and is not considered depression. When symptoms become more common, or more intense, however they should not be ignored. A physician, psychiatrist...

Maximizing Quality of Life for Persons with Dementia

When loved ones develop Alzheimer’s disease or another kind of dementia, spouses and other family members often assist with daily needs, like driving, shopping, and eventually even personal care (feeding, bathing, and dressing). Family care arrangements a...

Finding Joy in an Alzheimer's Reality | Beth Fauth | TEDxUSU Video

As people live into advanced age, their risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias increases. With no current cure, we are faced with one solution, and that is to provide the best care that we can for people living with this condition. Meeting the persons’ daily, physical needs in only passable; we can set the bar higher. This talk invites you to consider how empathy, patience, and basic aspects of human interaction can maximize the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease.