11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. When it comes to some tasks, crows are nearly as smart as humans. (Learn more at University of Iowa via Futurity) 2. Only 1 in 10 Americans eat nuts at least once a day, even though they’re a powerful health food. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Game of Thrones was the most pirated TV show of 2014. (Learn more at Mashable) 4. Memories lost to Alzheimer’s disease or post-traumatic stress disorder might be recoverable. (Learn more at …

Can You Pass the One-Leg Test for Brain Health?

Here’s a quick, do-it-yourself test for brain health: See how long you can stay balanced on one leg. If you can’t hold that flamingo position for at least 20 seconds, it could indicate damage to small blood vessels in your brain even if you have no other symptoms, new research finds. That damage could put you at high risk for stroke and cognitive decline. A stroke is caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain that interrupts blood flow. …

Your Most Embarrassing Number, and It’s Not Weight

Which number is your most embarrassing –  age, weight or credit-card debt? Surprise, it’s debt, according to a poll by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Thirty-seven percent of nearly 2,200 respondents say they would be the most red-faced to admit their credit-card balances. Credit scores came in second on the shame scale, with 30 percent saying they would not be comfortable disclosing their number. Consumers have fewer qualms about divulging weight and bank balances, according to the foundation. (Twelve …

Let’s Give Caregivers the Support They Deserve

You get up, get dressed, cook breakfast, make bag lunches for the kids, drop the kids off at school, rush to work, prepare for a big meeting, call to check in on your mom during lunch, go to your meeting, schedule your mom’s next doctor’s appointment, race to the pharmacy after work, drop off mom’s meds on your way home, cook dinner, help the kids with their homework, check in on mom again, and – finally – go to bed. …

The Power of Pause: Taking Time to Visit Seniors

I’ll admit it: I love a good to-do list. When I’ve got a lot on my plate, or even when I don’t, there’s something so satisfying about crossing things off as I go. But my latest project has been a lesson in letting go of the list. As part of my grad school assistantship, I’m administering cognitive tests to older adults at a care facility near campus. When my adviser, Kate, told me about it, I was excited to jump …

Goodnight, Sweet Wii?

Your grandchildren are probably too busy bugging you to preorder Call of Duty: Ghosts for them to notice, but this news will bring a tear to the eye of older gamers (and there are more of us out there than you might realize). Nintendo has just revealed that it’s ending production of the original Nintendo Wii in Japan, which means that seven-year-old gaming system’s days in the United States might be numbered as well. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter When the …