80+-year-old woman trained her brain to outsmart people half her age

This is a great piece by 40-something Englishman Adam Shaw who went to Japan to report on personal brain training and was humiliated by an 80-something Japanese woman named Endo Tokiko who has been attending a "brain gym" three times a week for a while.The man who runs the program, Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, is a neuroscientists and the author of "Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain." ...more

Younger people with Alzheimer's show non-memory-loss symptoms

When we think of Alzheimer's, the first symptom we conjure is almost always memory loss. But there's new research that indicates that younger people with Alzheimer's may not always experience memory loss as their first symptom.For younger people (under 60), they're more likely to have problems with judgement, language or visual and spatial awareness. ...more

Obesity in the elderly REDUCES dementia risk

Yep, you read the title correctly.A new study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine looked at adults (average age 55 at baseline) over 20 years and found that:- adults who were underweight during middle age were 34% more likely to have dementia- middle-aged adults' risk declined as their BMI increased- severely obese adults were 29% less likely to develop dementiaThis was after accounting for other factors, like smoking and drinking alcohol.Here's what I read:http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/292200.php...more

Why more vitamin E might help age-related cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer's

Did you know 96% of women (and 90% of men) in the U.S. don't get enough vitamin E in their diet? It's not a vitamin or mineral that gets talked about nearly as much as, say, iron, vitamin D, calcium or vitamin C. But researchers continue to learn more about its importance....more

New study names 3 things that can reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment

A new study from the Mayo Clinic has found that 3 particular activities appear to reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as we age. 1. Artistic activitiesThe researchers studied 256 people (average age 87) that had no memory or thinking problems at the start of the study. They were followed for 4 years.During the 4 years, 121 of the people developed MCI.The adults who participated in arts and/or crafts (e.g., painting) during both middle and old age were at a 73% lower risk of developing MCI (compared to those who didn't)....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

New M.I.N.D. diet may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's

A team of researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have created the M.I.N.D. (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's. Apparently, it's easier to follow than the Med or DASH diets. There are only 15 dietary components: 10 brain-healthy food groups and 5 unhealthy ones.You can probably guess many from each group. The good:1. green leafy vegetables2. other veggies3. nuts4. berries (especially blueberries and strawberries)5. beans...more

Research shows, as we age, men have worse memory

How many times has your husband said, "You never told me that" when you in fact told him 3 times? Depending on your age, there may be a legitimate reason for his memory deficit.New research that's been published in JAMA Neurology found that in a study of 1,246 cognitively normal people between 30 and 95:- men had worse memory than women at 40- men had lower hippocampal volume than women at 60- for people carrying the APOE E4 gene, their measurements were not affectedSo what's a wife to do?...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

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