cognitive decline

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., …

Blood Pressure Meds May Be Boosting Brain Power

Posted on 07/26/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayIf you take medications for high blood pressure and need encouragement to stay on them,  here’s a great incentive: some meds that lower blood pressure may actually be helping boost brain power. Scientists have known for years that controlling high blood pressure is linked to better brain health. Numerous studies have confirmed that what’s good for the heart is also good for the brain. But now new research published yesterday in BMJ Open suggests that some drugs that lower blood …

Should Doctors Ask If You Own a Gun?

Posted on 07/15/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthNo one questions when a doctor asks if an older, cognitively impaired patient is still driving, and urges family members to take away the car keys for the safety of the patient and everyone else. So why is it any different for a doctor to ask if a patient with similar problems has guns at home that could endanger him or others? There is no difference — it’s simply the doctor’s role in contributing to patient and public safety, argues …

More Proof That an Active Brain Slows Dementia

Posted on 07/9/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA  new study adds to the growing evidence that the best way to stay mentally sharp into your 80s and beyond is to keep your brain busy with reading, writing and learning new things. Researchers found that being “cognitively active” both early and later in life was tied to better performance on memory tests among people in their 80s, Reuters reported. Even when brain autopsies were done on study participants who passed away, researchers found those who kept mentally busy …

No, Really, This Video Game Is Making Me Smarter

Posted on 05/7/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhich do you think keeps your brain sharper — completing a leisurely crossword puzzle on the computer or playing a fast-paced computer video game that requires you to match fleeting images? Sorry, crossword puzzlers, but the quick-thinking skills needed to play a video game could help slow age-related cognitive decline, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Iowa tested 681 healthy adults over age 50 who were assigned to play either a video game called “Road Tour” (since …

Hearing Loss May Speed Up Dementia

Posted on 01/23/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHere’s a really good reason to get your hearing tested: New research indicates that older Americans with untreated hearing loss experience a faster decline in thinking and memory skills than do those with normal hearing. The study has widespread ramifications, considering that hearing loss affects 30 percent of adults ages 65 to 74, and 47 percent of adults 75 or older, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the same time, only 25 to 29 percent of those …