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ICU Brain Effect: A Long Stay Causes Dementia

Posted on 10/4/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayA long stay in a hospital’s intensive care unit, where patients are often heavily sedated, seems to have a traumatic effect on brain function for as long as a year after patients leave the hospital, new research finds. The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that one out of three ICU patients suffers mental effects similar to moderate traumatic brain injury, and one in four has impairments similar to a mild stage of Alzheimer’s disease. …

Facing the Enemy Within

Posted on 08/28/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeI was telling my wife Cinelli about a Carole King album called Tapestry I had purchased online when I was stopped by the word “album.” I couldn’t say it. I said “alume” and “abul” and “alome,” but not “album.” It just wouldn’t come out. It was not only annoying, it was eerie. “What’s going on?” asked Cinelli, studying me. By then the word had popped back into my head. “I’m trying to say album,” I replied. “There, I said it! …

Making Sense of Alzheimer’s: 9 Books for Kids

Posted on 08/21/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingAlzheimer’s disease and dementia can be mind-boggling and confusing to kids. Their grandparents, great-grandparents or family friend may act “weird” and yet look normal. How do you explain what’s happening to children? A 17-year-old college student recently emailed me about a children’s book on Alzheimer’s he has coauthored. Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear in the Refrigerator? is based on Max Wallack’s experience with his great-grandmother (“Great Grams”).  She lived with his family from the time he was 6 until …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 08/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. It takes a licking but keeps on ticking: Scientists can rebuild a mouse’s heart with human cells. (Learn more at Futurity.org) 2. Quick: Who’s that below? A simple test that measures the ability to recognize and name famous people may help diagnose early dementia. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Drinking two cups of cocoa a day may help keep your brain healthy. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Twitter can predict elections. (Learn more at …

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., …

How Do You Keep Your Brain Sharp?

Posted on 06/17/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe 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 …