Did you know that March is a Brain Awareness Month? In honor of this, let’s look at the connection between the brain and the ear. It is a partnership that is often overlooked, but something that has been researched for years. Hearing essentially occurs in the brain. Think of the ear as a vehicle for getting sound […]

You are invited to join the Community Conversation: “Still Alice” and the state of Alzheimer’s in Vermont, March 4, 6:00-7:30 pm at the Fletcher Free Library Art imitates life. The much-anticipated film Still Alice, based on the book of the same name by neuroscientist Lisa Genova, was developed in consultation with Alzheimer’s Association experts who […]

Alzheimer’s is an insidious presence in the community. The dreaded “A” word looms large in the minds of many. You will be hard pressed to walk a block without encountering Alzheimer’s disease at work. It is in Vermont cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Think of the your harried neighbor, her arms loaded with a week’s worth […]

What constitutes normal memory? How is memory formed and used? Normal memory is the ability to do three major activities: 1) Learn new information; 2) Place that information into storage in the brain; and 3) When needed, retrieve that information from storage. The two brain structures that take the lead roles in memory formation are […]

In honor of National Aphasia Awareness Month, the Aphasia Choir will be performing a free, public concert on Sunday, June 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Davis Auditorium. A reception will follow.  “When…I…sing, I feel…free.” This quote came from a man who suffered a left hemisphere stroke many years ago, the […]

There is an episode of Seinfeld in which Elaine explains that she is “hard of smelling.” We laugh. That’s ridiculous. How can one be hard of smelling? But, truth is much stranger than fiction. You can be hard of smelling. In fact, problems with sense of smell affect up to 20 percent of Americans and […]

As a child, did you dream of becoming an Olympian? Did you envision yourself up on the podium with a gold medal around your neck while the National Anthem played? Well, for most of us, those dreams did not become a reality, but for our children and grandchildren, the dream is still alive. The Bike […]