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Simple test for Alzheimer’s? Get Out Pen and Paper

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayCould a 15-minute test you take with pen and paper provide an early warning of Alzheimer’s or other cognitive problems? Researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say the simple 22-question test, called the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination, or SAGE, can’t diagnose Alzheimer’s, but it can reveal cognitive impairments at an early, more treatable stage. (To take the test, click here to download.) These impairments “could be related to many conditions like medications, ministrokes, dementia or sleep apnea to …

A Free, Easy Treatment for Depression

Posted on 01/8/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayWant a free, easy tip for reducing anxiety, depression and pain without medications? Try meditation. New research finds that meditation may be equally as effective as antidepressants in helping to reduce anxiety, depression and pain, according to a review of studies published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers reviewed 47 randomized clinical trials with 3,515 participants and found that mindfulness meditation improved symptoms of depression by 10 to 20 percent and symptoms of anxiety by 5 to 10 percent. ”This is …

Vitamin E May Slow Alzheimer’s Progression

Posted on 01/3/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayWe haven’t discovered a cure for Alzheimer’s, or a drug that reverses the ravages of the disease, but researchers may have found a treatment to slow disease progression that’s simple, cheap and safe. Among more than 600 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, a daily high dose of vitamin E slowed the decline in the ability of patients to perform everyday tasks, such as dress or bathe independently, by about six months on average. And, perhaps more tellingly, those taking …

Test Your Brain With the Toughest Tongue Twister Ever

Posted on 12/9/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayTry saying this 10 times fast: “pad kid poured curd pulled cod.” If you can do it, a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) just might give you a prize. The team has been researching tongue twisters, those seemingly simple words or phrases that when spoken quickly and repeatedly make our brains stumble and our tongues get tangled. The researchers are interested in what tongue-twister errors can tell us about how our brains process speech. The …

Good News About Exercise: It’s Never too Late to Start

Posted on 11/26/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayNeed inspiration to head out to that Turkey Trot in the frightful weather? A new study finds that regular physical activity later in life boosts the likelihood of healthy aging up to sevenfold. What’s more, the findings, published yesterday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, show that it’s never too late to start. “Significant health benefits were even seen among participants who became physically active relatively late in life,” wrote the study authors, led by Mark Hamer of the …

Exercise Boosts Memory in Adults Over 50

Posted on 11/13/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayWant to stay mentally sharp? Just an hour of exercise three times a week can improve memory and brain health in as little as six weeks, according to a small new study. For the study, researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas divided sedentary adults from the ages of 57 to 75 into an exercise group and a control group. The exercise group rode on a stationary bike or walked on a treadmill for …