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For a Bigger, Better Brain, Eat Fish Once a Week

Posted on 08/11/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain HealthHere’s an easy way to boost your brain health, especially if you’re worried about memory loss or dementia: Eat any kind of fish — as long as it isn’t fried — at least once a week. That’s the surprising result of a new study looking at simple lifestyle changes a person could make to help protect against Alzheimer’s or cognitive decline. By looking at MRI brain scans of healthy older adults enrolled in a 10-year study, the researchers found that …

Low Vitamin D May Double Risk of Dementia

Posted on 08/8/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayAs with so many other perplexing questions about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, researchers are unsure why there seems to be a link between low vitamin D levels and a higher risk of developing these brain diseases. Now one of the largest studies yet finds that link is even more worrisome: Too little of the vitamin may, in fact, double the risk of developing the devastating conditions. The new research, which followed nearly 1,700 adults over the age of 65 for …

Good News About Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain HealthAfter just two years, older people who exercised, socialized and ate a healthy diet improved their memory, focus and other signs of brain health, according to a breakthrough study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week. In another piece of good news, researchers announced at the conference that dementia rates are dropping in the United States — quite possibly because people are getting the message that healthy living can protect brain health. “These findings show that prevention …

New Blood Test Predicts Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on 07/8/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayA blood test that can predict whether someone with memory problems will develop Alzheimer’s disease may be available in as little as two years, British researchers announced today. By analyzing more than 1,000 patients — and performing MRI brain scans on 467 — researchers at King’s College in London discovered a combination of 10 proteins that seem to predict with 87 percent accuracy whether people with mild cognitive impairment will develop full-blown Alzheimer’s within a year. Because the research, which was published in …

The Most Important Alzheimer’s Research of the Decade?

Posted on 06/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayIn what some experts are calling the most important Alzheimer’s research of the decade, scientists at 61 medical centers across the country and elsewhere have launched a groundbreaking study to test whether an experimental new medication can protect healthy older adults from the memory loss and brain damage caused by the disease.  “Our best chance of really changing the disease is to start treatment before people have symptoms,” said lead researcher Reisa Sperling, professor in neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the …

Parlez vous? Learning a Second Language Protects Brain

Posted on 06/4/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayI lived in Stockholm for two years after college and doggedly learned Swedish, even though most Swedes speak beautiful English. Not only could I communicate better with then-tiny (now giant) Swedish nephews, turns out it was a good move for my brain. Learning a second language — even as an adult — helps protect the brain from aging,  says a new study published in the Annals of Neurology. “Learning a language later in life is a challenge but is very, very good for …