What We Know:
As we get older certain aspects of thinking and processing information are not as sharp as when we’re younger. For example, your ability to remember and recall certain information decreases. This decreased memory happens naturally, and affects some people more than others – in fact, some people may never feel like their memory declined. Others may find their forgetfulness or decreased ability to process some information affects their quality of life. This process is called, age-related cognitive decline, or ARCD. This process is completely different from memory and thinking problems caused by diseases that affect memory and thinking, such as Alzheimer’s Disease.
Our Plan to Help:
Dr. Camargo’s research focuses on improving the memory and cognition (i.e., thinking, information processing, etc.) in individuals with ARCD. He will conduct a study in which participants will receive a specifically-formulated nutrient drink. This drink contains specific nutrients (e.g., healthy fats) that form the backbone of the brain cells (neurons) and their connections (synapses). The specific nutrient mixture promotes the formation of new connections between brain cells. The hypothesis is that by restoring and promoting the connections between brain cells, memory and cognition may improve.
How You Can Help:
Donate to the American Brain Foundation to support Dr. Camargo’s research that has the potential to improve the quality of life for everyone as they age.
Dr. Camargo is the recipient of the 2019 McKnight Clinical Translational Research Scholarship in Cognitive Aging and Age-Related Memory Loss funded by the McKnight Brain Research Foundation through the American Brain Foundation and American Academy of Neurology.