There are exciting new technologies that allow us to look
into the brain. Below is an image from the UCI Brain Imaging Center of a PET scan showing the differences in brain function
between patient's with Alzheimer's disease and age-matched healthy individuals. The red areas mean there is
more brain activity, and the blue means less activity.
|Al vs NC
There are differences between "normal" aging, or normal forgetting
and Alzheimer's disease. There is even an in-between stage, known as MCI or Mild Cognitive Impairment which is typically
viewed as a transition between aging and dementia. Neuropsychological testing can help determine what type, if any,
memory difficulities an individual is experiencing.
To read an article based upon a lecture I presented at an Alzheimer's Conference, please click here: