Diabetes AND depression? Your risk for cognitive decline is higher than most

You may have read the diabetes and depression each increase your risk of cognitive decline, but what happens when you have both?A new study from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle has found that people with comorbidity (i.e. the presence of two chronic diseases or disorders at once) have a much higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer's. The Danish study looked at data from 95,691 people who had depression and/or type 2 diabetes. They found: ...more

Should You Consider Adult Day Care For Your Aging Parent?

 Are you considering sending your parent to Adult Day Care? It’s a hard decision to make with so many considerations. You must go to work everyday without worrying about your loved one constantly…are they okay, are they roaming outside of the house, are they a danger to themselves and to the house?...more

Ultrasound seems to reverse Alzheimer's symptoms

Thanks to researchers in Australia, we may have a new treatment for Alzheimer's. The team used ultrasound waves to help restore memory in mice by stimulating their brains to activate microglial cells. Microglial cells form the core of the brain's immunological defense system.  How well did it work?1. They reduced the brain plaques in 75% of the treated mice.2. The mice who received the ultrasound waves had so much improvement that they became "indistinguishable" from the mice who didn't have Alzheimer's!...more

Cochlear implants may increase seniors' cognitive performance

If you have an aging parent suffering from cognitive decline, you'll want to read about this new study.Researchers in France found that older adults with profound hearing loss who receive cochlear implants improved their cognitive function, speech perception and symptoms of depression....more

Nicotine may soon be used to enhance attention and memory

My aunt just sent me an interesting article from Discover magazine. It's hailing nicotine as the next wonder drug, saying the stimulant may soon be used to help treat schizophrenia, Parkinson's, Tourette's memory impairments, attention deficits and other learning struggles. It's also been associated with weight loss.We're not talking about nicotine delivered through smoking. This is tobacco-free nicotine - like what's in gum or patch.So how did this come to be? ...more

Senolytics--a new class of drugs--slow the aging process

The snake oil salesmen should be showing up soon.Once word gets out that scientists have discovered a new class of drugs that successfully target and kill aging-related cells without damaging the surrounding cells, everyone is going to be bottling it. But some will be fake.So here's the backstory: Scientists have identified this new class of drugs that:...more

Dementia: 6 Early Warning Signs

If you think dementia is just about forgetting things, you'll want to read through this list. There are actually other signs to watch for--especially before there's been any diagnosis. Here are a few that may surprise you.1. Changes in reading. There's a clinical term called "reduced gaze" that happens when dementia begins to affect a person's ability to move their eyes in their normal manner. Sometimes that means skipping lines while they read, other times it means just staring....more

Author of "The Brain's Way of Healing" offers ways to improve your brain

Psychiatrist and author of "The Brain's Way of Healing" has a few suggestions for people looking to strengthen their brain at any age. You've probably hear a few of them before, but there are a couple new ones (at least to me).1. Walk 2 miles a day. Regular exercise (even walking) has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia by 60%!...more