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. …

No, Really, This Video Game Is Making Me Smarter

Which do you think keeps your brain sharper – completing a leisurely crossword puzzle on the computer or playing a fast-paced computer video game that requires you to match fleeting images? Sorry, crossword puzzlers, but the quick-thinking skills needed to play a video game could help slow age-related cognitive decline, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Iowa tested 681 healthy adults over age 50 who were assigned to play either a video game called “Road Tour” (since …

Help Find Parkinson’s Cures in Our Lifetime

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and AARP is happy to have The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) as a guest blog contributor. Throughout the month of April MJFF is sharing insight into the Parkinson’s research landscape, advice on living with Parkinson’s and steps you can take to help find the cure in our lifetime.   Baby boomers are known for revolutionizing everything they touch. In typical hands-on fashion, members of this trailblazing generation are now looking for …

Brain Research and the Search for Parkinson’s Cure

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and AARP is happy to have The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) as a guest blog contributor. Throughout the month of April MJFF is sharing insight into the Parkinson’s research landscape, advice on living with Parkinson’s and steps you can take to help find the cure in our lifetime.   It is an important moment in brain research. New technologies and insights from genetics are changing our ability to pursue elusive treatments …

Need to Remember Something? Try Making a Fist

The next time you see someone make a fist, he may not be threatening you – he may be just trying to jog his memory. In a fascinating little study titled “Getting a Grip on Memory,” psychologist Ruth Propper, Ph.D., of Montclair State University in New Jersey writes how clenching your right hand for 90 seconds will help you memorize facts, whereas clenching your left hand for the same amount of time will help you recall them. The study was …