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 USA Today article (“Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer’s, preserves memory, new study shows”), researchers at Temple University’s Katz School of Medicine have shown that extra virgin olive oil protects against memory loss, preserves the ability to learn and reduces conditions associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Studying two groups of mice […]
A non-invasive eye scan may be able to detect Alzheimer’s disease years before symptoms occur. Neuroscience investigators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California were able to detect toxic proteins in the retina – located in the back of the eye – which are indicative of Alzheimer’s. Cedars-Sinai called the finding “a major advancement” in identifying […]
Baby boomers planning to retire are often ready to sell their home and buy a retirement home. Many want to move somewhere warm like Florida and others may want to move near their children. As discussed in this Wall Street Journal article, moving near children is a personal decision that is often determined by family […]