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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 …

The Best Diet Now to Avoid Illness Later

Posted on 11/11/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayAs AARP health writer Elizabeth Agnvall reported last week, a large new study finds that women in their 50s and 60s who ate a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruits, fish, grains and olive oil were 46 percent more likely to be free of chronic disease and memory problems in their 70s. >> Stay sharp with help from the AARP Brain Health Center Think about that — 46 percent more likely to avoid nearly a dozen serious diseases like Parkinson’s, …

A Diet for a Stronger Body (and Mind) as You Age

Posted on 11/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayOnce again, the Mediterranean diet is winning out in the diet wars — this time for both physical and brain health. A large new study finds that women who follow a healthy diet during middle age have more than 40 percent greater odds of surviving past the age of 70 with no chronic illness, physical impairments or memory problems. In other words, the kind of spry old age we all hope to have. >> Sign up for the AARP Health …

Can’t Recall What’s-His-Name? Don’t Worry. It’s Normal

Posted on 11/4/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayDo you remember this politician? His face is so familiar, but what the heck was his name? Or how about the celeb pictured next to him? He was in a bunch of movies, but his name …. darn, it’s on the tip of my tongue. Exactly. These annoying “tip-of-the-tongue” moments — when you know the name but just can’t retrieve it from your memory — seem to happen more often as we age and we often wonder if it signals …

A Good Night’s Sleep May Protect Against Dementia

Posted on 10/21/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayAre you getting a good night’s sleep? Two new studies offer yet more reasons for why you should make sure you do. In one study, researchers at the University of Rochester, in New York state, found that the brain sweeps away waste and toxins during sleep. In the other, researchers at  Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, found that poor-quality sleep is linked to the buildup of toxins that seem to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Taken together, these studies show how sleep …

Test Your Memory: Where Were You on This Date?

Posted on 10/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayBy Gene Weingarten This happens to me almost every week: I finish writing my column and send it to my editor, Tom The Butcher. Tom reads it and proposes changes. Objections are raised; ad hominem attacks ensue; we reach a testy détente, and eventually ship off the newly negotiated version to the copy desk.  An hour passes, two at the most. Then, Tom phones me. The call goes like this: Tom: We forgot to write the headline. Me: Oh. Right. Okay. (extremely awkward …