Depression and dementia in the age of COVID-19: Two sides, one coin

Donald Weaver, University of Toronto Every seven seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia. A typical case that I often see in my practice is as follows: A 76-year-old woman has a two-year history of progressive worsening of short-term memory and cognitive decline. She can’t recall the names of her grandchildren and is …

Alzheimer’s disease: protective gene uncovered in human cell model – bringing promise for new drug discoveries

Dean Nizetic, Queen Mary University of London Every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. While researchers have identified a number of risk factors that are linked to dementia – including genetics, smoking, and high blood pressure – there is currently still no cure. Part …

Book review – Changing minds: how aging affects language & how language affects aging

Without language, how could we make friends, be entertained, or fall in love? Why should any of this change with age? Roger Kreuz and Richard Roberts Personal observation and public opinion condition us into accepting that aging negatively affects language. But what is the science to back it up? Veteran authors Roger Kreuz and Richard …