1. What is dementia?
- A disease involving memory loss that is entirely separate from Alzheimer’s disease
- A decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life
- Another term for Alzheimer’s
- A mental illness that’s usually alleviated through meditation
2. What sort of memory lapse would be cause for concern?
- You forget the way to your local grocery store.
- You forget the name of the movie you saw last week, then remember it a few hours later.
- You forget where you last put your keys.
- You go to the grocery store for milk, then buy five other things and forget the milk.
3. What besides Alzheimer’s can cause memory loss?
- Some medications
- All of the above
4. What part of the brain is crucial to the formation of memories?
- Frontal lobe
5. What’s known to increase brain functioning in healthy adults?
- Vitamin A
- A high-fat, low-carb diet
- All of the above
6. What’s known to decrease brain functioning in healthy adults?
- Frequent socializing (besides intellectual gatherings, such as book groups)
- Reading celebrity magazines
- Drinking coffee
7. What are mnemonics?
- Antioxidants that have been shown to boost brainpower
- Medications for chronic forgetfulness that are now sold over the counter
- Games, such as crossword puzzles, that improve memory and cognitive ability
- Little cognitive aids or devices that help you remember things
8. What is transient global amnesia?
- A common affliction of people who are traveling, characterized by the inability to remember what country one is in
- A sudden attack of memory loss in which one can’t remember any recent events
- A cultural phenomenon in which a group of people forget their collective, often-traumatic history
- When people wake up from anaesthesia and for several days can’t remember anything about their past,
including their own name
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[First published on AARP]