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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.

Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Not Reduce Dementia Risk

Eating a diet rich in antioxidants may not lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study that found that overall antioxidant intake was not related to dementia risk. But as with all food research, the connection … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Cases to Triple by 2050

The number of men and women with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple in the next 40 years, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census data. The findings are consistent with earlier estimates of the devastating and growing burden … Continue reading

Hearing Loss May Contribute to Memory Problems

Want to keep the memory working well into old age? It may be worth paying more attention to your hearing. A new study reports that poor hearing may contribute to memory and thinking problems in old age. The findings, published … Continue reading

Physical Fitness May Protect Against Alzheimer’s

Need more motivation to exercise? Being physically fit in middle age may lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease later in life, a new study reports. The findings add to a large and growing body of evidence about the long-term benefits of … Continue reading

Home Exercise Offers Benefits for People With Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a disease that robs the mind and memory. It also takes a physical toll, including decreased mobility and a predisposition to falls, which can lead to broken hips and the subsequent need for institutional care. Now, a new … Continue reading

Physical Activity Keeps the Brain Healthy

An active lifestyle has long been promoted as a way to keep the heart pumping strong. Now new research shows that physical activity may help to keep the brain robust as well, preserving areas critical for thinking and memory and … Continue reading

Exercise May Combat Memory Declines Linked to High-Fat Foods

Rats and mice fed a high-fat diet show declines in memory and thinking skills. But exercise may combat the detrimental effects of fatty foods on the brain, two new studies show. While it’s a long way from rats to people, … Continue reading

Exercise Protects Against Brain Shrinkage

Here’s one more reason to stay active, regardless of age: Seniors who engaged in regular physical activity had less shrinkage of areas of the brain critical for thinking and memory, according to a new report. Even walking a few times … Continue reading

Secondhand Smoke Increases Dementia Risk

Smoking has been linked to a host of ills, including an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Now an international study has found that you don’t even have to be a smoker to suffer the deleterious … Continue reading

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