Getting lost: Why older people might lose their way
New clues on why our sense of direction tends to fade with age
Researchers at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Disease (DZNE) have found a possible explanation for the difficulty in spatial orientation experienced sometimes by elderly people. In the brains of older adults, they detected an unstable activity in an area that is central for spatial navigation. The results are reported in the journal “Current Biology”. In the long term, these findings might open up new ways for detecting Alzheimer’s disease.