About the Author

Susan Jimison Vitek

Susan Jimison Vitek

Susan Jimison Vitek is Executive Editor of Mind, Mood, & Memory, a monthly publication sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston that focuses on the latest developments in mental health. Her regular interviews with outstanding Harvard researchers and medical experts have covered a variety of topics associated with the brain, including mood disorders such as depression, neurodegenerative diseases, aging, nutrition, mental stimulation, the brain benefits of exercise, and more. Jimison Vitek is an experienced journalist who has focused on health issues for a variety of publications, including major national newspapers. Over the years, her writing and editing career has encompassed projects ranging from reporting for national health agencies and pharmaceutical companies to authoring a diet book and documenting the progress of innovative programs for the New York City criminal justice and social service systems.

Articles by Susan Jimison Vitek

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet Helps Lower Your Alzheimer’s Risk

Inflammation is a double-edged sword when it comes to brain health. In the short-term, it is an important aspect of the immune system that protects brain tissue against potentially harmful mi-crobes and pathogens. But when inflammation becomes chronic—especially in older age—it can harm the brain, damaging tissues and increasing risk

Walking You Through Alzheimer’s Stages

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Walking You Through Alzheimer’s Stages

People who have Alzheimer’s disease typically go through distinct phases in which symptoms gradually worsen. However, not everyone will go through all of the Alzheimer’s stages, nor progress through them at the same rate. For example, recent research has provided some evidence that in Alzheimer’s disease, the signs of dementia

What Causes Dementia?

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What Causes Dementia?

Reseachers are hard at work trying to figure out what causes dementia. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), they are trying to learn the process associated with an Alzheimer’s cause. They are learning that there’s a multifactorial process associated with AD, triggered by a combination of environmental and genetic

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2016 Index

AGING

Staying independent in older age (Jan., p1)

Use these mind-body strategies to promote healthy aging (June, p3)

How to age-proof your brain (Nov., p1)

Superagers’ secrets to a youthful brain (Dec., p1

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE (AD/DEMENTIA)

Lewy body dementia: a common disease, often underdiagnosed (Jan., p3)

Winning the war against vascular dementia, the second most common cause

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Head Off Chronic Stress to Preserve a Healthy Brain

Chronic stress is a toxin that damages both body and brain. Long-term exposure to the pressure, anxiety, and repeated fight-or-flight responses linked to stress has been shown to play a role in the development of physical ailments such as stroke, cardiovascular problems, asthma, immune suppression, inflammation, diabetes and rising levels

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Giving is Good for You

When you do something beneficial for someone else—such as cheering up a lonely relative or helping an ailing neighbor—you are likely to generate significant rewards for yourself. That’s because altruistic behavior can deliver at least as much mental and physical benefit to the giver as to the receiver, according to

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Superagers’ Secrets to a Youthful Brain

A team of researchers led by Bradford Dickerson, MD, and Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, and their colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has published a groundbreaking study that holds great promise for the prevention and treatment of age-related memory loss.

The work focused on a small group of “superagers”—adults between the ages