Steven Pace writes extensively in the fields of neuroscience, mental health, and spirituality. He is an experienced academic writer and researcher from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, having obtained his BSc. (Psychology Major) from Cape Breton University in 2010. Steven takes pride in being able to assist others in navigating topics concerning the human mind.
The risk of developing abnormal cognitive impairments like Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia increases when we reach an advanced age (near 60+). As we get older, it is in our best interests to be as aware as possible about potential psychological decline. This is especially true when it
The immune system is our last line of defense against invasive organisms and the primary responder to damage within the body. However, for all the good it accomplishes, the immune system can also cause a lot of harm. An impaired immune system may mistakenly attack healthy tissues, as is the case
Most existing research into the cause of Alzheimer’s disease focuses on the formation of abnormal protein deposits in the brain. Unfortunately, there is a long history of failed experiments for every single medical treatment that has been designed to eliminate these blockages. These repeated disappointments have led some researchers to
People are often confused about the difference between normal brain aging and dementia-related conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Some are even under the erroneous belief that dementia is an unavoidable part of aging. While it is true that a minor decline in certain mental abilities can be expected as we get
We have reached a point in time when a large number of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans (LGBT), or another sexual minority, are reaching advanced ages of 60+ years-old. Like the rest of the population, a portion of this group will develop a dementia-related disorder such as
Dementia is rather common in the elderly population, and for many decades medical professionals assumed that this cognitive decline is nothing more than a consequence of getting older. However, it turns out that the picture is more complex. Apart from some rare cases, there are no specific genes for dementia.
The most common neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease have a common feature: they are caused by the accumulation of misfolded proteins. All neurodegenerative conditions are caused by loss of function and the death of certain neurons in the brain (hence the name “neurodegeneration”). Depending on which