Sleeping seven to eight hours a night is best for cognitive performance for most people, according to a large study in the journal Sleep.
Researchers continue to investigate whether aggressive blood pressure control can reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment—and perhaps Alzheimer's disease. In the meantime, here are eight factors besides blood pressure control that may help protect the aging brain.
Two recent studies suggest that poor vision and not eating enough vegetables—specifically, leafy green vegetables—may play a role in age-related cognitive decline.
Aerobic exercise improves thinking ability in older people at increased risk for progressing to dementia, a recent study finds.
As the amount of care required by a person with Alzheimer's disease increases, so too does the work that that person's caregiver needs to do. The situation can be physically and emotionally draining, leading to caregiver burnout. Here's how to recognize caregiver burnout--and what to do about it.
A large, randomized trial known as SPRINT MIND indicates that intensely lowering elevated blood pressure could reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a slight but noticeable decline in memory and thinking skills that in some people might be a precursor to dementia.
Children might be at greater risk for swallowing toxic household products, but adults with dementia are also in jeopardy. Here are common household products to look out for and tips that can help you poison-proof the home.
If someone is diagnosed with early-stage dementia, does that mean his or her driving days are immediately over? Not necessarily, say new U.K. guidelines that address driving with dementia.
As we age, our cognitive abilities tend to decline. It's unfortunate, but normal. Now, a study in about 5,200 cognitively normal, older people living in England shows that this decline is more rapid in individuals with elevated blood sugar levels.
It's well known that air pollution contributes to many health problems, including heart disease, asthma, and other respiratory disorders. But evidence is accumulating that it can also harm the brain, especially as people age, contributing to cognitive decline and dementia.
People with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias often need assistance with such basic activities of daily living as washing, grooming, and dressing themselves. These practical tips can help you provide care while letting your loved one feel comfortable, independent, and respected.
For most people, social interaction is crucial for wellbeing. Yet many individuals with dementia get very little. Findings from a recent study offer a potential solution for encouraging more interaction—at least for ...
There's good evidence that people with chronic hypertension (high blood pressure) are more likely than people without this condition to develop memory loss. Although proving that lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of cognitive decline has turned out to be difficult, preliminary results from a major randomized trial on the topic are generating excitement.
Recent research suggests that a simple blood test to detect beta-amyloid in the brain will be available soon—if you consider the next five years or so to be soon. But will such a blood test be useful in diagnosing Alzheimer's disease?
Two recent studies shed light on ways to optimize your cognitive performance. Here's what the researchers found.