Tag Archives: Stress

How Stress Can Affect Caregivers

Between juggling work and a personal life, many Americans who take on the role of family caregiver to older loved ones often experience a great deal of stress.  The cost of healthcare has become more expensive than ever, a fact which has caused more and more adult children to function as de facto caregivers for their aging parents and grandparents. Continue reading

Can Stress Accelerate Alzheimer’s?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Chronic stress is associated with brain atrophy, memory problems, and dementia. However how this works is not well understood. A new animal study suggests that stress-induced steroids that inhibit brain activity may be part of the answer. Continue reading

Tips to Manage Your Stress Response

By Dr. Christopher Thomas

When something stressful happens to you, whether it comes from the outside or the inside, three key players help you respond: the autonomic nervous system (ANS), inflammatory cytokines and stress hormones. Let’s see how this works and what can be done to overcome the combined effects of stress and aging on health and cognition. Continue reading

Feeling Lonely? Meditation can Help.

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Loss of companionship and its accompanying feeling of loneliness is unfortunately common as we age. Non-invasive ways to relieve this feeling are rare. Recently, a UCLA study showed that a 8-week program of mindfulness meditation can help reduce loneliness in older adults. Continue reading

Stress Makes your Brain Shrink

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

High and sustained levels of stress not only increase blood pressure, lower immunity and inflammatory response but also affect the brain itself.
In a previous post we reported that long-term exposure to cortisol (the “stress hormone”) can result in damage to cells in the hippocampus, a brain structure crucial for memory formation. A recent study at Yale now shows that experiencing stressful life events can reduce gray matter in other critical regions of the brain that regulate emotions and important physiological functions. Continue reading

Stress and Memory: What’s the Relationship?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Intuitively, stress does not seem to be a performance booster. We have all fumbled through documents right in the middle of a stressful presentation or conversation, unable to find the document we wanted! On the other hand it feels like a little bit of stress may help arouse us. What does science tell us about the effect of stress on performance? Is stress good for memory? Continue reading