Our brain’s functional capacity is amazing, yet it’s often taken for granted until it begins to crumble. Scientist don’t fully understand dementia or Alzheimer’s – the most common type of dementia – or what causes it. The main risk factor is age – the older you are the greater your chance of developing Alzheimer’s. Your genetic make-up can also increase your risk. Of course, you can’t control your genes and getting older is unavoidable., so what can you do? In a recent Los Angeles Times article (“When the memory flickers out”), a trial of more than 2500 older adults at risk for dementia demonstrated how a tailored diet, exercise program, brain training and close monitoring for risk factors like vascular disease can improve cognitive functioning. So get busy – eat well and exercise – it may just save your brain.
According to a recent New York Times article: “You may not need another reason to retire early, but I’ll give you one anyway: It could lengthen your life.” That’s the conclusion of the article based on various research regarding the relationship between early retirement and longevity. In “The Connection Between Retiring Early and Living Longer”, the […]
No one wants to face the prospect of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Yet ignoring potential warning signs is a serious mistake. The Alzheimer’s Association has released the “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” which can help a person determine whether a he or she should be examined by a physician or stop being a worry wart. […]
Kaiser Health News recently published a story regarding the impact of Alzheimer’s on ordinary people – particularly women in California. The article – “Postcard from California: Alzheimer’s ‘Looks Like Me, It Looks Like You’” – focuses on an event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association that was part of an initiative to highlight the disease’s impact on […]