You do not need to devote weeks and months to mental training to reap long-term benefits, suggests a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. In fact, as few as 10 sessions of hour-long brain exercises can improve cognitive function, and the effect can last for up … Read More
Q: My father has mixed dementia. What is mixed dementia? Can it be treated?
A: The term mixed dementia is often used to describe a combination of vascular dementia (caused by reduced blood flow to the brain) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It had been thought that about one in five Americans … Read More
Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
“That’s why it’s important to get … Read More
BLISSFUL BRAIN BOOSTER: A NAP!
Researchers have come up with the perfect rationale for the post-prandial siesta: It seems that napping for an hour or so after lunch improves memory and the ability to think clearly. A study involving nearly 3,000 older adults recorded participants’ nighttime sleep habits, and noted whether … Read More
Just a few hours spent engaging in exercises that teach the aging brain to increase processing speed—the ability to attend to and respond to incoming information—appear to dramatically reduce an older adult’s vulnerability to dementia, new research suggests. A slowing of processing speed often accounts for age-related brain decline.
Scientists recruited … Read More
MGH RESEARCHERS LINK STRESS AND HIGHER RISK FOR STROKE
Elevated activity levels in the brain’s amygdala—a region associated with stress—may be an indicator of higher risk for stroke and heart attack, according to a research team lead by the co-director of MGH’s cardiac imaging program. In an effort to examine the … Read More
Study after study has provided evidence of the importance of vitamins in ensuring mental acuity, especially in older adults who may be affected by physiological changes that impair the body’s ability to metabolize these nutrients. A deficiency of certain key vitamins has been linked to cognitive decline in older people, … Read More
People often wonder if a memory lapse is age-related or something more serious. “It’s not always a clean divide,” explains Dr. Teng. “Because people live longer than they used to, it’s more challenging to discern between normal and abnormal cognitive aging. Not all memory loss is normal. Progressively worsening memory … Read More
Chances are you’ve walked into a room and suddenly forgotten what you were looking for. Or perhaps during a conversation, a certain word eluded you. Those episodes, often dubbed “senior moments,” are generally just temporary lapses in memory.
“If we compare people in their 20s with older people, the younger people … Read More
Lutein Consumption May Aid Healthy Brain Aging.
Lutein, a pigment found in cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli) and leafy greens, is associated with preserving “crystallized intelligence,” the ability to use your lifetime skills and knowledge. Study participants with higher blood serum levels of lutein scored higher on standard tests that … Read More