brain health

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 …

Yummy News! Cocoa May Help Keep Brain Healthy

Posted on 08/7/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayWhen the press release hit email in-boxes, health editors across the country — including yours truly — were certainly dancing a jig. “Chocolate May Help Keep Brain Healthy,” said the release headline. “Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help older people keep their brains healthy and their thinking skills sharp.” Obviously, fantastic news. The study, published in the respected journal Neurology, comes from the hallowed halls of Harvard. So it was with something close to glee that …

What Causes Dementia? Anemia Is Part of the Puzzle

Posted on 08/1/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayIn yet another study linking healthy blood flow to brain health, new research finds that older adults with anemia — low levels of red blood cells — have an increased risk for dementia. Previous research has linked uncontrolled high cholesterol and high blood pressure to increased risk of dementia. Now this large new study finds that anemia also increases dementia risk. >> Stay sharp with help from the AARP Brain Health Center Researchers tested 2,500 older dementia-free adults in Memphis, Tenn., …

Blood Pressure Meds May Be Boosting Brain Power

Posted on 07/26/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayIf you take medications for high blood pressure and need encouragement to stay on them,  here’s a great incentive: some meds that lower blood pressure may actually be helping boost brain power. Scientists have known for years that controlling high blood pressure is linked to better brain health. Numerous studies have confirmed that what’s good for the heart is also good for the brain. But now new research published yesterday in BMJ Open suggests that some drugs that lower blood …

I Just Had a Senior Moment. Should I Worry?

Posted on 07/19/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain HealthWe all have moments when we wonder if we’re losing our minds. Where did I park the car? What was the name of that movie? Is that girl in the store the neighbor’s daughter? And most of the time we tell ourselves — and our friends and family — that these mental blips are a normal part of aging. Usually, they are just that. But sometimes the memory lapses seem more serious. We start forgetting things that we normally wouldn’t. …

Living Longer and Better: Dementia Rates May Drop as We Age

Posted on 07/17/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayFor years we’ve heard a drumbeat of frightening news about an upcoming epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia poised to rob us of our mental faculties. Now two new studies say the future may not be so bleak. Even better, the new research lends credence to the theory that our behavior can improve our chances of keeping our brains healthy in old age. One new study finds that dementia rates have fallen by nearly 25 percent in the last 20 …