brain health

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 …

Michael J. Fox and His Foundation Spark a Revolution in Parkinson’s Research

Posted on 03/28/2013 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 as a guest contributor. Check back throughout the month of April as the Foundation shares insight into the Parkinson’s research landscape, advice on living with Parkinson’s and shares next steps on what individuals can do to speed a cure.   Kicking off Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Michael J. Fox graces the April cover of AARP The Magazine. He shares his signature sense …

Molecular Time Machine: Turning Back Brain Age

Posted on 03/22/2013 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal Health Warning: This article should not be read by anyone with a brain that is under the age of 50. You don’t need to be around adolescents very long before you realize that their brains work differently from those of adults, especially senior adults. What the youthful brain lacks in judgment and stability, however, is compensated for by its speed of learning and memory recall. But what if, through a simple flip of a molecular switch, we seniors could have it …