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Want to Give Your Memory a Boost?

Posted 10 days ago by

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – Whether you're studying for an important exam or learning a new language, there's more proof that nonstop cramming sessions may not translate into the long-term memory retention you want. Memory is a complex process that requires time for the brain to absorb new information. One needed step is called memory consolidation, when the newly created memory is set, so you can ...

Can Exercise Help Curb Dementia? One Study Says No

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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 ...

Better Diet, Bigger Brain?

Posted 11 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – You go to the gym to make your muscles bigger, but what if you want to bulk up your brain to help you stay sharp? New research suggests you might want to head to the produce aisle. People who ate diets full of vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish had bigger brains than their less well-nourished counterparts, the large study from the Netherlands found. "Adhering to an ...

Poor Seniors May Be More Vulnerable to Dementia

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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 17 days ago 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," ...

Depression May Dampen Memory

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WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – Depression may do more than darken your mood, with new research suggesting it might also sap your memory. "Since symptoms of depression can be treated, it may be possible that treatment may also reduce thinking and memory problems," said study author Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, from the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. The scientists also found that the brain ...

When Do You Take Guns From Someone With Dementia?

Posted 19 days ago 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 ...

Could Earlier Menopause Mean Poorer Memory in Senior Years?

Posted 11 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 – Women who are older when they enter menopause may have a slight advantage when it comes to keeping key memory skills as they age, British researchers report. The study was decades long and tracked outcomes for more than 1,300 women. The research showed that a woman entering menopause 10 years later than her peers was able to recall one extra word on a 15-word test for ...

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, ...

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