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ICU Brain Effect: A Long Stay Causes Dementia

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayA long stay in a hospital’s intensive care unit, where patients are often heavily sedated, seems to have a traumatic effect on brain function for as long as a year after patients leave the hospital, new research finds. The study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that one out of three ICU patients suffers mental effects similar to moderate traumatic brain injury, and one in four has impairments similar to a mild stage of Alzheimer’s disease. …

Never Lose Your Keys Again

Posted on 09/27/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyRejoice. Now you can stick a small tag on to all those things that seem to wander off or hide themselves — like your keys, computer or purse — and track them down with a smartphone app. The tags send a signal with a range up to 150 feet, using Bluetooth Low Energy technology. Your phone is always “listening” for it. Some tags beep, buzz or blink when you mark an item “lost” from your phone. Keys under a couch …

Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Really Bolster Aging Brains?

Posted on 09/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health“Eat your fish — it’s brain food,” our mothers told us, and we repeat that mantra to our own children. For years we’ve heard that fish, especially fatty fish such as salmon, is good for our brain health. And many scientists identified omega-3 fatty acids as the substance in the fish that would help our math skills, keep us alert and preserve our brain health. That made sense because omega-3 fatty acids — which are also found in high levels in …

Alzheimer’s — A New Look at an Old Disease

Posted on 09/26/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthHi, everyone!  AARP Illinois communications staff member Heather Heppner here to share with you a new video series on Alzheimer’s disease that features Dr. William Klein from Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). What do we really know about Alzheimer’s disease — a disease that affects more than 5 million Americans?  More than you might think.  In this new five-part video series LG Taylor — filmmaker and founder of the science collaborative Neuro.Rapt — explores Alzheimer’s disease with the help of Northwestern researcher William …

Zoom. Zoom. Video Games May Help Make Old Brains Act Young Again

Posted on 09/6/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayHand over the console, kids. Time to give us grownups a chance at winning that video game. It’s good for our brain health, really. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that a three-dimensional video game can help older people reverse age-related decline in memory and focus. The researchers found that after four weeks of training, some of the participants in their  80s beat untrained 20-year-olds and kept up their skills for six months without practice. Take that, …

Buying a Car With Alzheimer’s. Seriously?

Posted on 09/4/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingI’ve seen the occasional sensational story about a car dealer selling someone who is cognitively impaired — think Alzheimer’s — a car, only to have family members march in and demand they take it back. But I thought it was rare. My AARP editor, though, knows six staffers who know someone with cognitive impairment who has managed to walk off with keys to a shiny new car. How could this happen? Were the dealers licking their chops when they saw …