Widely accepted is the premise that as a person matures, he or she stands a greater chance of developing dementia or Alzheimer Disease – a general decline in mental abilities, including memory, language, and logical thinking.
Alexandra Fiocco, PhD, shows that high levels of stress hormones in the elderly may further increase the probability of showing memory decline. More specifically, she explains that high levels of stress hormones in elderly humans are linked to both memory impairments and atrophy of the hippocampus – a brain structure critical to memory and which shrinks as Alzheimer Disease progresses. In this presentation, she will summarize her findings on the link between stress hormones and normal and pathological aging. Click the presentation to download a pdf version.