Some research has suggested that taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement can help protect brain health when coupled with a healthful diet and exercise. But results from a large three-year randomized clinical trial beg to differ.
While it's well known that heavy alcohol intake can harm the brain, most studies have found that light to moderate drinking is not harmful, and some have suggested it may help prevent age-related cognitive impairment.
Here's another reason to get a hearing aid if you need one: Age-related hearing loss is associated with increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia, a new analysis of 40 studies from 12 countries has confirmed.
The most common test for vision loss from glaucoma is standard automated perimetry (SAP). A 2017 report in JAMA Ophthalmology found that mild cognitive decline associated with aging can impair an individual's ability to perform the test—and compromise the reliability of the results.
Aerobic activity is associated with preserving cognitive function. A small 2017 study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that progressive resistance training (PRT) improves cognitive function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
An excessive buildup of amyloid deposits in the brain is a key marker of Alzheimer's disease. A small 2017 study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease finds that amyloid deposits accumulate faster in people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This finding suggests ...
The claim: Drinking diet drinks increases the risk of dementia. What the research says: A study in the journal Stroke last year...
Older people who consume a Mediterranean-style diet may reduce their risk of cognitive decline, according to a 2017 study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Depressive symptoms are common in dementia patients, and several large population studies have found a link between the two. But a May 2017 study in JAMA Psychiatry that looked at the phenomenon more closely found that new symptoms of depression in older, but not middle-aged, adults may be predictive of dementia.
A small study in individuals age 60 or older with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) provides more evidence that engaging in tai chi (a series of gentle, slow movements accompanied by deep breathing) reduces the risk of falling. What's more, it may also improve cognitive abilities.
Most Americans are more afraid of developing dementia, which includes Alzheimer's disease, than any other condition, including cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Many people worry about losing their independence, becoming a burden to their family, or forgetting their loved ones. Here are 8 steps that might help prevent dementia.
Have you noticed problems with your memory lately—that it's not as sharp as it used to be? Or have you been having trouble concentrating or making decisions? A growing body of research suggests that sleep-disordered breathing could be playing a role.
What is sleep-disordered breathing?
Sleep-disordered breathing is an umbrella term for a group of conditions that cause breathing abnormalities while a person is sleeping. During sleep, all the muscles in the body relax somewhat, including those…
Studies have shown that staying mentally active may help prevent cognitive decline, but does it make a difference if you're a senior?
It sounds almost too good to be true, but two recent studies have suggested that a pretty commonsense diet, appropriately called MIND, can help prevent or delay age-related cognitive decline and reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
The claim: Vitamin E helps prevent Alzheimer's disease.
The evidence: ...