Episode 42 The Aging Brain: Normal Aging, Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn

Episode Summary:

Some brain functions decline gradually and normally with advancing age in many people. In some cases, more severe cognitive disorders—Alzheimer’s and other conditions that cause dementia—can develop. Dr Bernick, an expert on the aging brain, discusses these conditions, and on a positive note, he highlights that mental and physical exercises can reduce risk factors for cognitive loss.

Guest:

Charles Bernick M.D., MPH. Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Washington, Seattle WA. Director of Clinical Trials, Memory and Brain Wellness Clinic, University of Washington.

During This Episode We Discuss:

  • Defining, comparing, and contrasting normal aging of the brain, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s dementia, and Lewey Body dementia. 
  • Causes, risk factors, diagnosis, symptom progression, treatment, management, and the current controversy over a newly approved Alzheimer’s drug.
  • How prevention critically applies to healthy brain function. The good news is that brain preventive health tactics are no doubt already familiar to you: good sleep (get treated for apnea!), adequate physical and mental activity, social engagement and connection, and a healthy diet.

Quotes (Tweetables):

“In terms of mental exercise, you do get better at what you practice, just as you do physically.”

Dr. Bernick

“If you don’t sleep well, your brain doesn’t do well.”

Dr. Pelman

“Yeah, you know it turns out that what people say, that ‘What’s good for the heart is good for the brain’…. is probably true.”

Dr. Bernick

Recommended Resources:


Episode Transcript:

Coming soon!!

More To Explore

heart image

Episode 55:  Biotech Pt 2 – Cardiology meets Alexa Technology 

Learn how innovation in bio technology had led a cardiologist and his team to train Alexa to determine abnormal from normal heart rhythms. Still in development, this fascinating interface highlights how leading innovators take technology and smart devices forward to enhance clinical care.

biotech cancer cells

Episode 54:  Bio-Technology Part 1: Simulations Role in Enhancing Health Care and Safety

Bio-Technology is exciting and rapidly expanding. It is the future of health and healthcare. While the technology is far-reaching. One aspect is simulation technology. What is simulation technology? Consider how we use simulation to train pilots; what about using simulation to train surgeons and the surgical team? In this episode, we interview Dr. Robert Sweet, MD, a leader in simulation training for healthcare professionals.

night driving

Episode 53: Health and Driving Safely

We all or mostly all consider ourselves competent drivers. In this episode, a Driving Safety expert reviews health-related concerns and conditions that may negatively impact our driving skills and experience. She also reviews some very important data and recommendations on how to become an even better driver.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.