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Busy Minds May Be Better at Fighting Dementia

Mentally stimulating activities can protect your brain against aging, even if you’re genetically predisposed toward dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports. Activities that keep the brain busy — using a computer, crafting, playing...

Engaging Millennial Minds – Building A Better Business Brain

How to ‘Build Better Business Brains’ Using the Secrets of Brain Science Mental exercise is just as critical as physical exercise in...

Why Women’s Brains Are Better Than Men’s At Multitasking

We live in a 24/7 connected culture that enables us to commute to work, read a book, and pay the bills on our smartphones, all at the same time. This ability to manage multiple things,...

Packed Daily Schedule Linked To Better Cognitive Function In Old Age

Most of us spend every minute of our waking hours occupied by either doing or thinking about the things on our to-do list. This busyness in our day-to-day schedule is a common source of discontent, but science...

Social networks – Better together

When Laura Fratiglioni looked at the data her team had collected on ageing and cognitive decline, she noticed something odd – after the age of 80, women in Stockholm were more likely than men to get dementia....

Improved Lighting Helps Alzheimer’s Sufferers Get Better Sleep

Academics from the Lighting Research Center at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute conducted a study that sought to determine the effects of blue, shortwave light on the sleeping patterns of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease....

Healthy Diet Helps Preserve Memory & Thinking Skills

A new study suggests that people who often eat fruits and vegetables are able to preserve their memory and thinking skills 25 percent longer than those who consume unhealthy food. Researchers at the...

7 steps to better mental health

May is Mental Health Month. Just last week I was talking to a coaching client about their loved one’s depression, and she said to me “but mental illness is not as bad as...

Antidepressants? You might be better off TALKING

You don’t need to pop a pill to treat depression, seeing a therapist can help too, researchers claim. A new study found has that psychotherapy, rather than drugs, can ‘re-wire’ the brains of...

Dementia sufferers respond better to non-verbal language

Patients with severe dementia respond better to hand movements and facial expressions than to speech, according to new research. The technique can help loved ones communicate with sufferers using non-verbal language and have a profound effect on the...

Multi-sensory environment for better dementia care

Research being released this week at the Inside Out Festival in London is set to shed new light on the positive impact multi-sensory environments can have when caring for people living with dementia. Academic experts Dr Anke...

Older adults think better in the morning

Older adults who are tested at their optimal time of day (the morning), not only perform better on demanding cognitive tasks but also activate the same brain networks responsible for paying attention and suppressing distraction as younger...

Good, Better, Best – Women’s Healthy Aging Q&A

Our brains are just one part of our bodies, so to keep our brains healthy means considering a wider context. In this article, Dr. Vivien Brown, a family physician based in Toronto, shares some insights...

Method to Better Manage Agitation, Aggression in Dementia Patients

A new approach to handling agitation, aggression and other unwanted behaviors by people with dementia may help reduce the use of antipsychotics and other psychiatric drugs in this population, and make life easier for them and their...

Build a bigger, better brain – at any age

Forgot something? You’re not alone. One in eight baby boomers has memory lapses, at least once in a while, a recent survey says. And whether you’ve forgotten where you put the...

Thinking skills take biggest hit from anxiety in midlife women with HIV

Hot flashes, depression, and most of all, anxiety, affect the thinking skills of midlife women with HIV, so screening for and treating their anxiety may be especially important in helping them function, according to a study just...

HRT in Early 50s Has No Impact on Women's Memory, Thinking

Women aged 50 to 55 who take hormone therapy to relieve the symptoms of menopause can expect no benefit or risk to their memory or other thinking skills due to the treatment, according to new research....

Which is better for keeping your mind fit; physical or mental activity?

Physical and mental activities are both important for protecting your thinking skills and warding off dementia. But does one trump the other? It’s an interesting question, one that occurs to me when I’m doing...

Alzheimer's group wants better cop treatment

All it took was one brief argument with her husband over lottery tickets for Deb Mulligan’s life to change forever. She recalls the day four years ago when she told him she was...

How coffee can boost the brainpower of women… but scrambles men’s thinking

Next time you have a high-pressure meeting at work, keep an eye on what goes into your colleagues’ cups. Drinking coffee improves women’s brainpower in stressful situations – but sends men...

Bilinguals may have an edge against Alzheimer’s

People who speak two or more languages appear to weather the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease better than people who have only mastered one language, a new Italian study suggests. Bilingual people with Alzheimer’s outperformed single-language...

Social clubs ‘help keep the older brain healthy’

Getting involved in social clubs and activities can help keep your brain healthy later in life, say researchers. A study in the open access journal BMC Psychology found that people who were sociable through their...

These Brain Health Tips Will Take A Load Off Your Mind

If there is one thing that worries us more than ageing or cancer, it’s the thought of losing our mind to Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia. Keeping your brain in shape in...

Complex jobs may protect brain from mental decline

Complex jobs that require a lot of difficult analysis or social interaction may protect the brain from mental decline, research suggests. Social workers, lawyers, architects and graphic designers are likely to have longer-lasting memory and thinking skills...