Category Archives: Aging

SuperAgers Super Memory Brains Alzheimers Reading Room


SuperAgers retain their sharp memory well into their 80s and beyond. Sceintist are identifying clues as to why they have the memory of person in their 50s.

via SuperAgers Super Memory Brains Alzheimers Reading Room.

Red Wine Increases Lifespan, Says New Study | WorldHealth.net Anti-Aging Forum


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Red Wine Increases Lifespan, Says New Study | WorldHealth.net Anti-Aging Forum.

National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease


PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease

PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer’s disease (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here it is-our national plan to address Alzheimer’s Disease. The goal is to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025. Follow this link to have access to the full report.

 

http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/napa/NatlPlan.pdf

 

Notables Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease


Here is a photo gallery of some noteworthy individuals stricken with Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

Gallery | Notables diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease | accessatlanta.com.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Dutch Village Dubbed ‘Truman Show’ for Dementia Patients – ABC News


An innovative concept for Alzheimer’s patients, a nursing home disguised as a village.

 

Alzheimer’s Disease: Dutch Village Dubbed ‘Truman Show’ for Dementia Patients – ABC News.

Spring Anagrams


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Have you ever challenged your brain with anagrams? Anagrams are another great brain exercise to help build your cognitive reserve. Yes, anagrams are anti aging for the brain promoting brain health and fitness.  Anagrams are fun for people of all ages- kids, teens, young adults, middle aged, baby boomers, and seniors of course! Anagrams target the cognitive areas of problem solving, reasoning, executive function, memory, and vocabulary. Before you attempt these dementia fighting, anti Alzheimer’s Disease mentally stimulating brain exercises, let’s be sure everyone knows what anagrams are. You will be provided with a single word and your challenge is to rearrange all the letters and form new words. You may form more than one word with the letters as long as all the letters are utilized. Here is an example. If BRAIN is the starter word, the letters may be rearranged to form the words: RAN BI. I think you get the point. Enjoy, laugh, take a deep breath, sit back relax and get ready to challenge yourself. Let’s promote mental fitness, mental stimulation, healthy aging, health and wellness, longevity, and brain health. So, here’s to your brain.

Try anagrams for the following list of spring inspired words. Create as many new word combinations as you can. Happy Spring!

FLOWERS

BLOOMING

ADVENTURE

TROPICAL

CHERRIES

ALLERGIES

Brain Awareness Week Activities


Yesterday at the Parc we had such a fabulous event as we celebrated Brain Awareness Week 2012! We discussed ways to promote brain health and engaged in some fun and interactive brain fitness activities. Check out some of our photos. By the way, what do you think of our brain erasers?

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Omega-3 rich diet could protect against brain aging!


Are you getting enough Omega-3s in your diet? Studies continue to report that diets rich in Omega-3s may help protect the brain against aging. Read more here….

 

Omega-3 rich diet could protect against brain aging: Study.

Healthy brain wiring in adults depends on iron levels in adolescence, study


Study from UCLA links healthy adult brain wiring to iron levels from teenage years. A lack of iron consumption in earlier years may lead to changes within areas of the brain that are linked to degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet throughout your lifetime is more important than ever! Read the article here!

 

 

Healthy brain wiring in adults depends on iron levels in adolescence, study.

Want a Healthy Brain For Life?


If you are reading this, then you are committed to your brain health!  As you know, we must not take our brain health for granted. Just like our bodies, we must properly care for and nurture our brains. This includes physical exercise, proper brain nutrition, social interactions, and of course brain exercises.

You do not have to be an athlete or have a health club membership to exercise. Walking is free and requires no special skills or equipment.  Studies have shown some significant brain benefits  just by walking 3x/week for 35 minutes! Individuals actually experienced an increase in the size of the hippocampus. You may ask, “What is a hippocampus?”  The hippocampus is the area of your brain responsible for memory. That’s pretty important, don’t you agree? After all, who of us isn’t interested in improving our memory skills? So, get some exercise!

Eating a healthy diet is also crucial for good brain health. Foods like fresh fruits and vegetables-berries, apples, green leafy veggies, omega 3 fatty foods like salmon, nuts-walnuts and almonds, lean meats, green tea. Try to avoid sugar! Sugar just doesn’t have any health benefits.  Several new studies are actually suggesting that  Alzheimer’s is diabetes of the brain. Do yourself and your brain a favor and get rid of the sugar!

Social connections are an integral part of maintaining brain health. Do you actively participate in social groups? How about starting a book, movie, investment, or cooking club? Do you have any hobbies? How do you spend your time when not at work? What fun activities have you done lately? Be involved with people and remember that humans are social creatures.

The last crucial component necessary to maintain a healthy brain throughout your lifetime involves brain exercises. By engaging in new and challenging mental activities, you are able to form new neural pathways. Forming new pathways in the brain, helps improve our overall cognitive skills. So, if you are an expert at crossword puzzles or sudoku , it’s time for something new. Ever considered learning a new language or learning to play bridge? Both are excellent ways to exercise your brain. Of course, you can always enroll in a BrainMasters class where we will most assuredly exercise your brain!

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