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

For 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 …

More Proof That an Active Brain Slows Dementia

A  new study adds to the growing evidence that the best way to stay mentally sharp into your 80s and beyond is to keep your brain busy with reading, writing and learning new things. Researchers found that being “cognitively active” both early and later in life was tied to better performance on memory tests among people in their 80s, Reuters reported. Even when brain autopsies were done on study participants who passed away, researchers found those who kept mentally busy …

How Do You Keep Your Brain Sharp?

The following is a guest post by Margot Seay – AARP National Volunteer Director WATCH AARP LIVE JUNE 20TH, 9PM CT/10PM ET ON RFD-TV As I walked around AARP’s  Life@50+  member event held recently in Las Vegas, I was fascinated to see that one of the most popular booths was about brain health. People were lined up around the room to play games that tested their mental abilities! It really struck me at that point that I’m not alone in …

Thanks, Internet, for the Memories

Age UK, a British organization that strives to help older people get more out of digital technology, is hoping to win financial support from Google’s Global Impact Challenge for what could be a revolutionary idea. It wants to help thousands of people in Great Britain reminisce about their past via the Internet, as a way of teaching them about the value of being online and how it can improve their lives and decrease feelings of isolation. And although the project isn’t …

Senate Aging Committee to Showcase Virtual Talking Dog

As you’ve probably noticed, congressional events increasingly seem to feature movie stars such as Harrison Ford and other celebrities as a way of gaining public attention for an issue. But at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Healthy Aging Forum, scheduled for May 23 on Capitol Hill, there will be an even more unusual guest: GeriJoy, the talking virtual dog developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. GeriJoy is specifically designed to give older people with dementia …

If I can’t remember all my online passwords, am I losing it?

Every time I have to log into one of my online accounts and have no clue what the password is, I wonder if I am finally “losing it.” I know I am not alone with this fear, as survey after survey we conduct among our members reveals their interest in brain fitness. In our most recent Member Opinion Survey, staying mentally sharp was one of members’ top concerns. However, apparently this questioning is not unique to my boomer age group. …