Category Archives: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MCI

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MCI

Bilingual Brains Provide More Protection Against Alzheimer’s & Dementia

  If you speak two languages, you’ve given your brain a big boost against Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The PNAS study recruited 85 people from Northern Italy who had all been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s. Forty people in the study spoke… Read More »

Alzheimer’s Rates are Dropping

Some good news in the ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s disease: several recent studies indicate that rates of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia have decreased significantly in the past 15 to 20 years. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and loss of other cognitive abilities serious… Read More »

Super-Agers and Memory Health

Super-agers are a select group of adults in their 70s, 80s, and older who can match the memory performance of a typical 25 year old, and in some cases these older adults have far superior memory skills compared to people decades younger. Most people begin to experience a subtle decline in memory in their 50s,… Read More »

Alzheimer’s Prevention Strategies: Claims versus Reality

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Toronto is wrapping up later this week, and over 5,000 attendees are going home with a trove of new, and sometimes conflicting information. We have selected a few highlights from AAIC 2016 and provide a summary for reference: The Claim: Brain Training Can Prevent Dementia The Reality: The… Read More »

Marijuana, Sleep, and Dreams

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on marijuana (cannabis) use and brain health. The first article reviews medical research on cannabis to control pain and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis (MS). The second article provides an overview of the human endocannabinoid system, and how marijuana use interacts with this system. The… Read More »

Know Your Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

If carrying a specific gene variant added a substantial risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease when regularly eating a high sugar & saturated fat Western diet, would you use this knowledge to change your food choices? If knowing that a medical history of multiple concussions more than doubled the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, would… Read More »

Top Ten Foods for Brain Health (and Five to Avoid)

Keeping your brain healthy at any age depends in part on diet and food choices. Knowing these top 10 brain healthy foods (and the foods to stay away from) will help protect your brain for the long run. This list is from the MIND diet, a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet (all around good for… Read More »

Exercise Protects Your Brain

Want to keep your brain from shrinking as you age? Several studies point to moderate physical exercise (3-5 times per week) as a key factor for a healthy brain at any age. The benefits of exercise for cognitive health come in two forms: cardiovascular benefits for the brain, and increased production of brain derived neurotrophic… Read More »