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Aging is inevitable — but disability and dementia are not.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
As we age, connections between brain cells weaken and cells can't communicate with each other as effectively, leading to problems with memory and cognitive ability.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 4 min
Memory loss is a sign of an aging brain. But when does forgetting cross the line from normal aging to something more serious?
  • Coalition for the Life Sciences
  • 51 min
Possible links between impaired hearing and loss of cognitive abilities raise the tantalizing possibility that restoring hearing could slow cognitive decline.
  • The Dana Foundation
Learn about the developing brain and how your brain changes throughout your lifetime with this comprehensive website.
  • PBS
Even without a disease such as Alzheimer's, the aging brain does show signs of wear. Researchers look to the molecular level to see if they can slow the healthy, normal progress.
  • The Dana Foundation
Dementia is a description of any progressive disorder that takes away a person’s cognitive and functional abilities.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Neuroscientists believe that the brain can remain relatively healthy and full-functioning as it ages.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
From the first large studies monitoring the mental functioning of the same group of healthy humans over many years, scientists have uncovered unexpected results.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Our best insights into how the normal brain ages come from long-term studies of the nervous system that began decades ago.
  • BrainFacts/SfN