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Why the Risk of Dementia May Be Declining

Posted on 12/5/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingExercise. Keep learning. Avoid obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Treat depression and cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. Stay socially active. Retire later. Have an educated mother. That prescription may prevent or postpone dementia, according to an analysis, just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, of five studies from 2005 to 2013. Experts on aging have found that the risk of dementia for individuals seems to have gone down over the last 20 years, and …

Good News About Exercise: It’s Never too Late to Start

Posted on 11/26/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayNeed inspiration to head out to that Turkey Trot in the frightful weather? A new study finds that regular physical activity later in life boosts the likelihood of healthy aging up to sevenfold. What’s more, the findings, published yesterday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, show that it’s never too late to start. “Significant health benefits were even seen among participants who became physically active relatively late in life,” wrote the study authors, led by Mark Hamer of the …

Having My FaceTime With Arthur

Posted on 11/20/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeI didn’t know what to expect from my long-distance friendship with Arthur — but it wasn’t this. It’s been three months since I moved from Brooklyn, N.Y., to small-town Ohio for grad school. It was tough telling friends I was leaving, especially Arthur, who had come to rely on my Friday visits. Several weeks before the move date, I called our social worker Sasha at DOROT to strategize about how to break the news. “When do you think I should …

Can’t Recall What’s-His-Name? Don’t Worry. It’s Normal

Posted on 11/4/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayDo you remember this politician? His face is so familiar, but what the heck was his name? Or how about the celeb pictured next to him? He was in a bunch of movies, but his name …. darn, it’s on the tip of my tongue. Exactly. These annoying “tip-of-the-tongue” moments — when you know the name but just can’t retrieve it from your memory — seem to happen more often as we age and we often wonder if it signals …

What’s Good for the Heart Is Good for the Brain

Posted on 10/25/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthTwo new studies published in the journal Neurology  in the past week — and dozens over the years — seem to suggest that heart health and brain health are inexorably linked. The first study, published last week, found that older people with hardening of the arteries are more likely to have beta-amyloid plaques on their brains. The other, published yesterday, found that people with high blood sugar are more likely to have memory problems. Sign up for the AARP Health …

A Good Night’s Sleep May Protect Against Dementia

Posted on 10/21/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayAre you getting a good night’s sleep? Two new studies offer yet more reasons for why you should make sure you do. In one study, researchers at the University of Rochester, in New York state, found that the brain sweeps away waste and toxins during sleep. In the other, researchers at  Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, found that poor-quality sleep is linked to the buildup of toxins that seem to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Taken together, these studies show how sleep …