Making Sense of Alzheimer’s: 9 Books for Kids

Alzheimer’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

News, 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

In 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?

The 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

 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?

Could 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 …