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Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Really Bolster Aging Brains?

Posted on 09/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health“Eat your fish — it’s brain food,” our mothers told us, and we repeat that mantra to our own children. For years we’ve heard that fish, especially fatty fish such as salmon, is good for our brain health. And many scientists identified omega-3 fatty acids as the substance in the fish that would help our math skills, keep us alert and preserve our brain health. That made sense because omega-3 fatty acids — which are also found in high levels in …

What Old Brains? Older Proves Wiser in Financial Decisions

Posted on 09/26/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayOld, schmold. Our brains may be getting a little slower as we age, but we more than make up for it in experience when making economic decisions, a new study finds. The study, by researchers at the University of California, Riverside and Columbia University, tested two groups of subjects — 173 younger (ages 18 to 29) and 163 older (ages 60 to 82) — on how well they understood financial information and made economic decisions. Related: Does My Financial Adviser …

Zoom. Zoom. Video Games May Help Make Old Brains Act Young Again

Posted on 09/6/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayHand over the console, kids. Time to give us grownups a chance at winning that video game. It’s good for our brain health, really. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that a three-dimensional video game can help older people reverse age-related decline in memory and focus. The researchers found that after four weeks of training, some of the participants in their  80s beat untrained 20-year-olds and kept up their skills for six months without practice. Take that, …

Is That Aching Head Hurting Your Brain?

Posted on 08/30/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayIf you suffer from migraines, how worried should you be about a recent study that suggests the painful disorder may permanently change brain structure? For this study, published online Wednesday in the journal Neurology, researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark analyzed 19 different studies and found that people who suffer from migraines have an increased risk of brain lesions — tiny scars on the brain — as well as more infarct-like abnormalities and changes in brain volume. The results showed …

Are Heavy Metals Evildoers in Alzheimer’s Disease?

Posted on 08/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayDoes Alzheimer’s confuse you? You’re not alone. In fact, one of the great mysteries of modern science is the question of what actually causes Alzheimer’s disease. For several years a group of Alzheimer’s disease researchers have believed that metals such as iron and copper play a role. Now a new study supports that theory. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that copper may trigger the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Rashid Deane, Ph.D., lead author of the study, …

Recognize These Folks? If Not, You May Be in Trouble…

Posted on 08/13/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin Today  Can you name the famous faces above? If not, you may be headed for a type of early dementia. A new study suggests that a simple test that measures the ability to recognize and name famous people may help doctors identify a type of early dementia in people ages 40 to 65. Researchers at Northwestern University tested 30 people with primary progressive aphasia, a type of dementia that first affects language, and 27 people without dementia. The test includes …