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What science reveals about keeping the mind sharp and the memory intact into old age: Helpful hints and advice on staying alert and healthy.

Poor Sleep May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s often have troubled sleep patterns, waking up many times during the night or sleeping on and off throughout the day. Now, new research suggests that problems with sleep may be among the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s, occurring … Continue reading

How Meditation May Help Against Alzheimer’s

Meditation is commonly used to reduce stress and provide a sense of well-being. Now researchers are finding that meditation may be indirectly useful against Alzheimer’s disease as well. Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, found that teaching people … Continue reading

Reducing Clutter May Have Benefits for Alzheimer’s

Making life easier for someone with Alzheimer’s disease may mean making such simple changes as limiting household clutter, according to new research from Georgia Tech and the University of Toronto. The researchers were studying people with mild cognitive impairment, a … Continue reading

The Decades-Long Slide of Alzheimer’s

Memory loss and personality changes are clear signs of Alzheimer’s, though scientists have become increasingly aware of subtle changes in the brain and body that appear years before the disease is diagnosed. Now researchers have mapped out a sequence of … Continue reading

In Search of a Drug to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Is there a medication to prevent Alzheimer’s? Not yet, but scientists will soon begin testing to determine whether a drug may be able to prevent the onset of the disease. It will likely be years before the results are in, … Continue reading

How a Sense of Purpose in Life May Help Slow Alzheimer’s

Having a firm purpose in life may help to dampen the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports. A sense of purpose in life – that believing what you do matters, and that you are doing good and on … Continue reading

Staying Active in Old Age is Associated with Reduced Alzheimer’s Risk

Seniors who get exercise every day may reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study found. And it wasn’t just walking or vigorous exercise that provided benefit. Activities like cooking, cleaning or washing dishes led to a lower dementia … Continue reading

Low Levels of Omega-3s Linked to Memory Problems

People who have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, the “good” fats found in fish, may have thinking and memory problems at a younger age than those who get plenty of the fats. The finding adds to a growing body … Continue reading

Mental Stimulation Slows Alzheimer’s Progression

Can doing crossword puzzles or discussing current events help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease? A new review of the scientific research shows that puzzles, games and other mentally challenging tasks may indeed be beneficial for people with mild to … Continue reading

Smoking Linked to Memory Loss in Men

Men who smoke are more likely to have faster declines in memory as they age than their nonsmoking peers, a new study reports. Women who smoked did not appear to suffer the same deficits, though other studies have linked smoking … Continue reading