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Sleep test predicts dementia in older adults

Dementia is a growing problem for people as they age, but it often goes undiagnosed. Now investigators at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have discovered and validated a marker of...

To Jeanne Beker, a Healthy Brain Means a Healthy Life

While Jeanne Beker may be best known for her work in fashion journalism and television, she’s also an Honourary Board Member of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI), a Canadian and U.S. foundation that works to combat brain-aging diseases and protect...

PTSD may double the risk of dementia

People who experience post-traumatic stress disorder may be twice as likely to have dementia later in life, according to a new study — a finding with important implications for the coronavirus pandemic. The...

Brain Buzz – The Heart of the Matter

Women’s heart health – like women’s brain health – is under researched, under diagnosed and under treated. Heart disease symptoms may be different for women. Find out how, and discover what you can do to keep both your heart and...

Through the Weeds

Join us Tues. Sept. 29th for an enlightening livestream panel discussion on the highs and lows of cannabis to our health and wellbeing. Featuring Guest Speakers DR. MARNI BROOKS, Family Doctor, Chair of Medical Cannabis...

Brain Buzz – Breaking Bad

The choices you make today will affect your future and have a big impact on your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, especially if you are a woman. Discover the habits that may be speeding up the decline of your brain.

Brain Buzz – Pump Up Your Brain

Pump up your brain to prevent or slow down the progression of cognitive decline. You can reap the benefits with just 10 minutes of exercise a day.

Brain Buzz – Do You Have the Guts?

Do you have the guts to keep your brain healthy? You can’t separate the mind from the body. It’s like a second brain is in our guts. When one is imbalanced, the other likely is too.

Brain Buzz – No Strain, No Gain

Your memory is like muscle strength, you either use it or lose it. The more you work out your brain – the more you process and remember information. Find out about the best brain-boosting activities.

Brain Buzz – Stay 2 Steps Ahead of Memory Loss

Dancing is not only beneficial for our bodies, but also for our brains, and may even reduce the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

SEX & GENDER DIFFERENCES IN ALZHEIMER’S PREVENTION RESEARCH

When she was a graduate student some decades ago, Dr. Margaret Fahnestock was told that scientific research involving female subjects was challenging. The rationale was that a woman’s hormonal cycle would ruin or interfere with...

Does Second X Chromosome Boost Women’s Resilience Against Alzheimer’s?

As a group, women may be more likely than men to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but once they have it, they cope better and live longer. A study published August 26 in Science Translational Medicine credits...

Brain Canada Announces New President and CEO

We’re excited to announce that Dr. Viviane Poupon has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Brain Canada, a partner of Women’s Brain Health Initiative. Dr. Poupon was previously Director...

DO BRAIN GAMES KEEP YOUR MIND SHARP AS YOU AGE?

Challenging your brain with games and puzzles (e.g. crosswords, Sudoku, chess, and computer brain-training games) is commonly believed to help maintain or improve brain health. In a 2015 survey of Americans aged 40 and older,...

2020 Stand Ahead™ Challenge Contest

This year marks the 2nd annual Women’s Brain Health Day. And YOU have the chance to play an exciting role. In 2019, Women’s Brain Health Initiative challenged you to do a headstand to stand up...

Brain Buzz – What Dreams Are Made Of

Want a reason to get a good night’s sleep? Studies show sleep is extremely important to boost brain health. Discover tips on how to sleep well and help protect your brain from dementia.

Cognitive super agers defy typical age-related decline in brainpower

Although it’s normal for brainpower to decline as people age, it’s not inevitable, studies show. Some people remain cognitively sharp into their 80s, 90s, and beyond, defying the common assumption that cognitive decline is a...

HOW SOCIAL ISOLATION CHANGES YOUR BRAIN

Physical pain is unpleasant, yet it’s vital for survival because it’s a warning that your body is in danger. It tells you to take your hand off a hot burner...

Forever in our hearts

It is with tremendous sadness that we mourn the loss of our Founding Board Member and dear friend Ken Aber, a beautiful soul, full of love, creativity, and generosity. Ken’s commitment to his craft was...

Heart Health Is Brain Health, and It Starts in Your 20s

Having established that poor cardiovascular health in midlife increases the risk of cognitive decline and dementia as a person ages, scientists are now pushing to see if the same relationship might hold true even...

Physical demands required for work may have negative consequences for brain health

Regular exercise helps to bulk up our brains and improve thinking skills, numerous studies show. But physically demanding jobs, even if they are being carried out in an office, might have a...

Dementia prevention, intervention, and care

The number of older people, including those living with dementia, is rising, as younger age mortality declines. However, the age-specific incidence of dementia has fallen in many countries, probably because of improvements in education, nutrition, health...

Loneliness linked to poorer brain health and reduced quality of life in HIV

Among HIV-negative people, studies have found that loneliness can interfere with mental health, cognitive functioning and quality of life. In this population, one analysis has found that persistent loneliness is associated with a...