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Health Tip: Leafy Greens May Slow Cognitive Decline

Posted 5 days ago 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 ...

High Cholesterol Tied to Better Brain Health in Those Over 85

Posted 15 days ago by

MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – In a seemingly counterintuitive finding, new research suggests that high cholesterol is associated with a reduced risk of mental decline in the elderly. People aged 85 to 94 with good brain function whose cholesterol was above normal had a 32 percent lower risk for mental decline over the next 10 years compared with people aged 75 to 84, who had a 50 percent higher risk ...

Heart Defects May Raise Odds for Dementia

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – If you were born with a heart defect, you might have to worry more about developing dementia as you age, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 10,600 people in Denmark born with a heart defect between 1890 and 1982. Compared with the general population, adults born with heart defects during that time period had a 60 percent overall ...

Your Attitude About Aging Might Affect Odds for Dementia

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – If you hope to avoid dementia in old age, having an upbeat view on aging itself might help, new research suggests. Researchers found that people with positive beliefs about aging had a nearly 44 percent lower risk of developing dementia over the next four years than those with a dimmer outlook. The protective link was seen even among people who carried a gene variant ...

What Works Best to Keep Drivers With Dementia Off the Road

Posted 2 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 – Don't count on physicians to keep drivers with dementia off the roads, a new study cautions. In-person license renewal and driver vision testing laws are more effective than mandatory doctor reporting of patients with dementia, researchers found. "The results of our study point to age-based licensing requirements as an effective way to improve safety," said study co-author ...

Concussions Tied to Rise in Dementia Risk Decades Later

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – A serious head injury may increase the risk for dementia even decades later, a new, large study suggests. A traumatic injury to the brain – such as a concussion from a sports collision or a motor vehicle accident – is already associated with short-term risk of dementia. But the new research finds that, although the risk decreases over time, it still continues for many ...

The Seizure Drug Zonisamide May Help Ease Symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – A drug normally used to treat seizures may help ease some symptoms that occur with a type of dementia known as Lewy body dementia, researchers are reporting. The drug is called zonisamide (Zonegran). When added to treatment with the drug levodopa, zonisamide helped to control Parkinson's disease-like movement symptoms that are associated with Lewy body dementia. These ...

Health Tip: Selecting a Nursing Home

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by

-- When it's time to consider a nursing home for a family member or friend, you'll want to choose one that's a good fit personally and financially. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests: Prioritize what is most important: such as nursing care, meals, physical therapy, a religious connection, hospice care, or special-care services for a person with dementia. Seek recommendations from ...

Getting Active Could Help Boost Memory, Experts Say

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 28, 2017 – Physical activity is good for the body and the brain, but what about people with thinking and memory difficulties? A new recommendation from the American Academy of Neurology suggests that exercise is indeed helpful for people with mild cognitive impairment. The condition, in which thinking and memory skills deteriorate, often occurs as people age. Mild cognitive ...

Tips for Holiday Trips With Seniors

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 25, 2017 – If you plan to travel with an elderly relative this holiday season, don't leave things to chance, an expert on geriatric medicine says. "Simply traveling long-distance to visit relatives can become increasingly stressful as individuals age," said Dr. Angela Catic, an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine's Center on Aging in Houston. While traveling, make sure ...

Eat Your Greens . . . and Maybe Boost an Aging Brain

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 20, 2017 – People who eat leafy green vegetables every day may maintain a sharper mind as they age, a new study suggests. The researchers found that, compared with people who rarely ate leafy greens, those who had at least one serving a day showed slower brain aging. It was as if they'd shaved 11 years off their age – as far as their brain function was concerned. The findings, ...

Does Marriage Help Preserve Your Brain?

Posted 29 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – Tie the knot, save the brain? A new research review suggests there's something about marriage – or people who get and stay married – that significantly lowers the risk of mental decline in old age. "We were surprised by the strength of our findings," said review lead author Dr. Andrew Sommerlad, a psychiatrist in England. The new analysis found that lifelong single ...

Intense Workouts May Boost Memory

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – Pump up your workouts, pump up your memory, new research suggests. The study of 95 healthy young adults showed that six weeks of 20-minute bouts of interval training led to significant improvements in what's called high-interference memory. An example of this type of memory is distinguishing your car from another of the same make and model. The Canadian scientists also ...

An Aging Heart May Weaken Memory

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – A decline in the pumping ability of an older person's heart can lower blood flow to their brain's memory center, new research has found. The study involved 314 people, who averaged 73 years old and did not have heart failure, stroke or dementia. Nearly 40 percent of them had mild cognitive impairment, which increases the risk for dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. ...

New Finding Hints at Clue to Dementia

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – Inflammation in middle age may increase the risk for brain shrinkage and dementia in old age, a new study suggests. The researchers tested more than 1,600 people for five "biomarkers" of inflammation in their blood when they were, on average, 53 years old. About 24 years later, the participants were given brain scans and a memory test. Compared with people who had no ...

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