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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., …

Study: Today’s 90-Somethings May Be the Sharpest Yet

Posted on 07/11/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Malcolm Ritter, Science Writer, The Associated Press If you’re lucky enough to live into your 90s, how well will your brain hold up? You may have an edge over people who got there ahead of you, a new study hints. Researchers found that on tests of mental abilities, a group of 95-year-old Danes scored better than a group of Danes born 10 years earlier, who had been tested when they were about the same age. In a standard simple …

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 …

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 …

Alzheimer’s: Is It Diabetes of the Brain?

Posted on 09/28/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthCould what we eat be killing our brains? Or, to put it another way, could Alzheimer’s really be Type 3 diabetes? The theory is that the factors in our diet and the environment that’s causing the Type 2 diabetes epidemic is also playing a role in the increasing rate of Alzheimer’s — resulting in a third form of diabetes, Type 3 brain diabetes. It’s an intriguing — some might say controversial — theory. In any case, it’s certainly one more …

SuperAgers: They’re 80, But Their Brains Are Only 50

Posted on 08/17/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThey’re age 80 and older, yet they have the memory and brain power of people in their 50s. So what’s their secret? That’s what researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are trying to figure out. A new study found that this elite group of elderly — or SuperAgers, as researchers call them — have brains that appear as young as people in the prime of middle-age. In fact, one brain region of this SuperAger group was even bigger …