cognitive

MRI scan of the brain
An MRI scan can detect signs of cognitive decline in the brain before symptoms of memory loss appear, according to a new study published in the online journal Radiology. This new use of a well-known technique has the potential to be used in the very early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
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I lived in Stockholm for two years after college and doggedly learned Swedish, even though most Swedes speak beautiful English. Not only could I communicate better with then-tiny (now giant) Swedish nephews, turns out it was a good move for my brain. Learning a second language - even as an adult - helps protect the brain from aging,  says a new study published in the Annals of Neurology.
Doctor with elderly patient
Should older adults be routinely screened for Alzheimer's disease or memory problems? Maybe, maybe not. A government panel says there's not yet enough data to recommend either for or against it. The panel's uncertainty reflects the complexity of the issue at a time when scientists are progressing much faster in their ability to diagnose Alzheimer's than in their ability to treat it.
hearling loss
We've known for several years that hearing loss is linked to dementia and decline in memory and thinking skills, but we don't yet understand why they are connected. A new study from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore may provide an explanation: Older adults with hearing problems appear to have a greater rate of brain shrinkage as they age.
An intergenerational choir of college students and those with dementia and their family caregivers changes perceptions about the disease
Having college students and older adults with Alzheimer's sing together can change younger choir members' perceptions of dementia and reduce social isolation in those with the disease and their family caregivers. These are the findings of a pilot study conducted last spring at the John Carroll University in Ohio. (The study will be published this April in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias.)
400-vitamin-e-bottle-slows-alzheimers
We haven't discovered a cure for Alzheimer's, or a drug that reverses the ravages of the disease, but researchers may have found a treatment to slow disease progression that's simple, cheap and safe.
Bowls Of Olives
Once again, the Mediterranean diet is winning out in the diet wars - this time for both physical and brain health. A large new study finds that women who follow a healthy diet during middle age have more than 40 percent greater odds of surviving past the age of 70 with no chronic illness, physical impairments or memory problems. In other words, the kind of spry old age we all hope to have.
December 28 1986
By Gene Weingarten
Brain X-Ray
Hi, 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.).
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