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How Much Exercise Helps the Aging Brain?

Posted 30 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – It's well-known that exercise benefits the brain as well as the heart and muscles, but new research pinpoints just how much – and what types – of exercise may promote thinking skills as you age. Reviewing data from dozens of studies on older adults, scientists found that those who exercised an average of at least 52 hours over about six months – and for about an hour ...

'Markers' of Alzheimer's Don't Doom You to Dementia

Posted 30 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – Even if you discover that you have the first biological signs of Alzheimer's, you are not doomed to develop the crippling dementia, a new study suggests. "Just because you have amyloid [proteins] in the brain doesn't mean you're going to get dementia tomorrow. It doesn't mean you're going to get dementia in five years," said lead researcher Ron Brookmeyer. He's a ...

Can Exercise Help Curb Dementia? One Study Says No

Posted 17 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – A new study suggests that moderate or even rigorous exercise won't slow mental decline in older people with dementia. People with early dementia were able to follow an exercise regimen and boost their physical fitness. But that did not translate into "improvements in cognitive impairment, activities in daily living, behavior, or health-related quality of life," according ...

Poor Seniors May Be More Vulnerable to Dementia

Posted 16 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – Being poor later in life may boost the risk of dementia by 50 percent, new research suggests. "Our study confirms that the risk of dementia is reduced among well-off older people compared with those who have fewer economic resources," said lead researcher Dorina Cadar. "Public health strategies for dementia prevention should target socioeconomic gaps to reduce health ...

Making Life With Dementia More Bearable

Posted 10 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 – When loved ones develop dementia, it's hard to know how to make their lives better. But now researchers have pinpointed ways to help these folks live as well as possible. "While many investigations focus on prevention and better treatments, it's equally vital that we understand how we can optimize quality of life for the 50 million people worldwide who have dementia," ...

When Do You Take Guns From Someone With Dementia?

Posted 8 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 – A diagnosis of dementia often triggers discussions about how to keep that person safe as the disease advances, but one serious safety concern that may be overlooked is gun ownership. Somewhere between 40 percent and 60 percent of people with dementia have access to firearms in their homes, according to an editorial in the May 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. And ...

'Smart Dresser' Might Help Alzheimer's Patients Clothe Themselves

Posted 4 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 – Dementia can turn even the simple task of getting dressed into a Herculean ordeal. But an experimental automated system called "DRESS" might someday ease that challenge. Using available technology, the system might enable patients to dress themselves without a human assistant. A just completed laboratory trial assessed the system's ability to use video cameras, tablets, ...

'What's That Word?' Fitness Helps Seniors Find It

Posted 1 May 2018 by

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – Can't recall that word that's on the tip of your tongue? Exercise might help. Physical activity is tied to a host of benefits. Now, a small study finds that healthy older people who exercise regularly have fewer problems with word retrieval. "Tip-of-the-tongue moments are very noticeable. They are irritating and embarrassing," said lead researcher Katrien Segaert. These ...

Mid-Life Stresses May Be Tied to Late-Life Dementia Risk

Posted 1 May 2018 by

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – Anxiety during middle age might signal impending dementia, a new analysis suggests. Although millions of Americans suffer from moderate to severe anxiety, it's not clear how it is linked to dementia or if treatment could nullify the risk, British researchers say. "We investigated anxiety levels that are significant enough to warrant being clinically diagnosed with ...

Too Much Sitting Could Raise Brain Risks

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – There's been lots of research into how too many hours lounging on chairs and sofas can harm the heart. Now, researchers say all that sitting might be bad for your brain, too. A new study found that too much time spent sitting was correlated with an unhealthy "thinning" of tissue in a key brain area tied to memory. And it appears that the link isn't simply due to the fact ...

Brain Injuries Linked With Dementia Risk

Posted 11 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 – A traumatic brain injury (TBI), even a mild one such as a concussion, may raise your risk for dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed 36 years of data from 2.8 million people and found that those who sustained TBIs were 24 percent more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other dementias than those with no history of TBI. But the study did not prove ...

Older Brains Replenish Cells Just Like Young Brains: Study

Posted 5 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 – Contrary to popular thought, older adults' brains can churn out just as many new cells as younger brains do, a new study suggests. Using autopsied brain tissue, researchers found that healthy older adults had the same capacity to create new cells in the brain's hippocampus region as young adults did. The hippocampus is involved in regulating memory and emotions, and it ...

Concern for Employer, Insurance Discrimination for Alzheimer's Patients

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – U.S. adults express concerns about discrimination by employers and insurance for patients with Alzheimer's disease dementia, according to a study published online March 27 in Alzheimer's & Dementia. Shana D. Stites, Psy.D., from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues examined the prevalence of beliefs, attitudes, and expectations about ...

The High Costs of Alzheimer's

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – Sharp increases in Alzheimer's disease cases, deaths and costs are stressing the U.S. health care system and caregivers, a new report reveals. About 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease – 5.5 million of them aged 65 and older. By 2025, the number of seniors with Alzheimer's could reach 7.1 million, up nearly 29 percent. And, if no new treatments are found, ...

Health Tip: Leafy Greens May Slow Cognitive Decline

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by

-- Eating one serving of green leafy vegetables per day is associated with slower age-related cognitive decline, recent research suggests. Reported in the journal Neurology – the study involved 960 adults with an average age of 81 and no sign of dementia. The difference between those who ate the greens and those who did not was equivalent to being 11 years younger cognitively. The vegetables ...

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