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 …

Getting to the Heart of Stroke Prevention

Posted on 05/25/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Janet Wright, MD, FACC, Executive Director of Million Hearts™, a national initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services. Most of us are familiar with what happens when someone has a heart attack—we see it in movies, on TV shows, and unfortunately sometimes it happens to our loved ones, colleagues, or neighbors. But what about a stroke? If you’re not as familiar with what happens when someone has a stroke, you’re not …

How Our Brain Works: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Inner World

Posted on 04/19/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthOur brains may be one of the last frontiers for explorers of human physiology. The past few years have seen remarkable breakthroughs in understanding how the brain works. New discoveries in the field of neuroscience are helping us understand how and what we perceive and feel, how we learn and store memories and how reasoning and decision making are processed. Here are four new insights: Concrete Thinking Treats Depression: Concrete thinking, or concreteness training (CNT), is a technique that replaces …

Memory Loss More Common In Men — But It Can Improve

Posted on 01/26/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAge-related memory loss and mild cognitive impairment may be more common in men in their 70s and 80s than in women, a new Mayo Clinic study has found. That may be bad news for men, but the study also found some intriguing good news: About one-third of the participants initially diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment were able to improve their brain function back to normal at a later checkup. The researchers aren’t exactly sure why this improvement occurred, although it …

Who’re You Calling Slow? Older Brains Can Match Young Ones, Study Says

Posted on 12/29/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAre older brains slower to make decisions? Yes, but they’re just as accurate as young  brains — even up to ages 85 and 90, new research finds. “Many people think that it is just natural for older people’s brains to slow down as they age, but we’re finding that isn’t always true,”  Roger Ratcliff, professor of psychology at Ohio State University, said in a press release. “At least in some situations, 70-year-olds may have response times similar to those of …

Brain Tip of the Day: Eat More Walnuts

Posted on 05/7/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Personal HealthThat’s right, walnuts are actually good for your brain. How, do you ask? Because Omega-3s in walnuts have been found to improve mood as well as calm certain inflammation that can cause brain cell death. They also replace lost melatonin, which we need for a healthy functioning brain. So go buy some walnuts and get crackin’! (No pun intended.) Check out more noodle boosting tips here.