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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.

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

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