Emory study helps boost memory in senior citizens - New York News

Emory study helps boost memory in senior citizens

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

As we get older, our memory slips. It becomes more difficult to recall even our neighbor's name or the password to log in to our computer.

Now, researchers at Emory University are studying new ways to help people with memory problems start to function better. The researchers are working with people who suffer from mild cognitive impairment, or MCI. That means they're experiencing memory problems that are not a normal part of aging.

But, they're still able to function pretty well. They're teaching volunteers new memory strategies that are simple enough for anyone to use every day.

One of those is practicing putting things in their place by using in a computerized model of a house.

Dr. Ben Hampstead said, "So we're trying to use things that are really realistic. So, things they would have difficulty with in everyday life."

A neuropsychologist at Emory and Atlanta VA, Dr. Hampstead says a big challenge is remembering names. So, they teach the volunteers to look for something about the person's face that they can connect with their name.

Once the volunteers have learned the strategies, they are tested again. This time they do it as a functional MRI scanner measures how their brains respond to the same images that they've seen before.

The doctor said, "Ideally what we'd like to do is find techniques that work for these patients and that we can keep them functioning as independently as possible, for as long as possible."

If you're bad with names, Dr. Hampstead advises paying attention when someone introduces themselves. He says a lot of time we're distracted. We don't even really hear what the other person is saying to us.

It can also help to repeat the person's name aloud. Write it down and link it to a person's characteristic.

CLICK ON THE VIDEO ABOUT TO WATCH BETH'S REPORT!

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Dine Out for Project Open Hand

    Dine Out for Project Open Hand

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:39:13 GMT
    Head out to the a participating restaurant to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Dining Out For Life.
    Head out to the a participating restaurant to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Dining Out For Life.
  • Fox 5 I-Team

    Cheap vs. Frugal

    Cheap vs. Frugal

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:15:25 GMT
    There is nothing wrong with saving a buck, but can you cross the line? There is a difference between being cheap and being frugal.
    There is nothing wrong with saving a buck, but can you cross the line? There is a difference between being cheap and being frugal.
  • Mountain Festival Brings Music, Dancing To Dahlonega Square

    Mountain Festival Brings Music, Dancing To Dahlonega Square

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:08 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:08:13 GMT
    The North Georgia town of Dahlonega is best-known for its gold. But this weekend, music will bring more than 50,000 people to the historic town square.
    The North Georgia town of Dahlonega is best-known for its gold. But this weekend, music will bring more than 50,000 people to the historic town square.
  • More Health NewsMore>>

  • FOX Medical Team

    Are You A Workaholic?

    Are You A Workaholic?

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:56:00 GMT
    A lot of us work long hours, but workaholics really struggle to call it quits.
    A lot of us work long hours, but workaholics really struggle to call it quits.

  • Performer offers incredible music for NICU newborns

    Performer offers incredible music for NICU newborns

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-04-21 22:15:42 GMT
    As a cellist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer Humphreys usually performs for packed houses of classical music buffs, not one-little sleeping baby out in a hallway at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.
    As a cellist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer Humphreys usually performs for packed houses of classical music buffs, not one-little sleeping baby out in a hallway at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.
  • Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners

    Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:40 AM EDT2014-04-21 09:40:37 GMT
    Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.
    Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices