brain health

No, Really, This Video Game Is Making Me Smarter

Posted on 05/7/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhich 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

Posted on 05/3/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthApril 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

Posted on 05/1/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthApril 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

Posted on 04/25/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe 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 …

Cost of Dementia Tops $157 Billion

Posted on 04/3/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsNearly one in five of us boomers will develop Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia in our lifetime. If that’s not scary enough, researchers have put a staggering figure on the diseases’ financial burden. A new study published in the April 4 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine says dementia costs more than heart disease or even cancer — between $157 and $215 billion annually. And that was based on the prevalence of the disease in 2010, …

The BRAIN Initiative: 5 Things to Noodle

Posted on 04/2/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIn 1961, President John F. Kennedy called on the nation to set as its goal “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth” by the end of the decade. Today, President Barack Obama called on the nation to set a similarly ambitious goal: mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s disease. “We can study particles smaller than an atom, but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter …