mental decline

mental decline

The loss of mental abilities with advancing age, a part of normal ageing. The sharpest decline in mental abilities occur in mathematics ability, the least in spatial orientation for men, and in inductive reasoning for women.

mental decline

Neurology The loss of mental abilities with advancing age, a part of normal aging; the sharpest decline in mental abilities occur in mathematics ability, the least in spatial orientation for ♂, and in inductive reasoning for ♀. See Sundowning.
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In a study of 261 coronary bypass patients at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, 24 percent showed a significant mental decline six months after surgery.
These abnormal growths are believed to cause progressive mental decline.
Of the 167 people found to have high blood pressure at the start of the test, those whose blood pressure was untreated were nearly three times as likely to suffer severe mental decline as those whose blood pressure was either normal or successfully treated.
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CHILDREN who go hungry are less likely to suffer mental decline later in life, a shock study has found.
OMEGA-3 supplements do not appear to prevent mental decline in old age, a study review has shown.
To address this researchers from China have investigated the use of cognitive training as a defence against mental decline for healthy older adults who live independently.
EATING berries may combat age-related mental decline by "cleaning up" the brain, research suggests.
Also, people who said they had more purposeful lives were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment and had a slower rate of mental decline.
Taking fish oil supplements is said to protect against heart disease, improve survival after a heart attack, reduce mental decline in old age, and help prevent blindness.
After 50 weeks, those with both mild and moderate Alzheimer's who were taking rember experienced an 81% reduction in mental decline compared with those placebo.
The company said its experimental drug Dimebon for Alzheimer's disease helped stop mental decline for as much as a year, the longest benefit observed for any drug in clinical trials.