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Monthly Archives: December 2013



Contact Sports and Memory Loss

Contact sports are well-known for their aggressive physical contact including everything from tackling in football to checking in ice hockey. Data from a new study suggests that cumulative hits to the head during one season of football or hockey could leave a lasting impact on the brain and cognitive abilities. According to the study, collegiate […]

New Cognitive Model Could Detect Early-Stage Dementia

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are more than 5 million people in the US living with Alzheimer’s disease. But researchers say they have developed a new model that could improve early detection of dementia, allowing better treatment options and potentially slowing the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of […]

Study says Artistic Ability Unaffected by Dementia

According to a study, the ability to draw, both from memory and spontaneously, and play music are preserved in the brains of people with advanced dementia. Experts said that the findings show that teaching art and music may help ward off the condition as well. The researchers based their findings on the last few years […]

The Holidays and Alzheimer’s

  The holidays are a wonderful time for family and friends to come together and celebrate. However, for families living with Alzheimer’s, the holidays can be challenging, especially as a caregiver. Take a deep breath. With some planning and adjusted expectations, the holidays can still be happy, memorable occasions spent with loved ones. Since the […]

Making the Holidays Bright When Alzheimer’s Is in the Picture

  The one constant about life is that it is always changing. This dynamic is particularly acute around the holidays. USAgainstAlzheimer’s recently asked people who live with this disease every day, here’s how to tackle this holiday and create new memories:     Keep your expectations reasonable. Prepare for the worst and hope for the […]
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Memory Food Boost

Are you worried about declining memory and brain health? Make sure to feed your brain memory food to help improve your cognition. Your entire body needs the right nutrients to keep it healthy, and your brain is no exception. The brain benefits from a variety of nutrients, including fat, proteins, vitamins, and sugars, to help […]

Tricks to Improve Your Memory

Memory, which is an intricate and complex function of the brain, requires millions of neurons for it to operate in perfect harmony. As we get older, we experience memory glitches where spontaneous memory loss occurs, such as when you can’t recall something that is at the tip of your tongue. Aging, unfortunately, causes neuron loss, […]

What 5 Lifestyle Changes Could Cut Your Dementia Risk by 60%?

A new study has identified key lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of developing serious illnesses later in life, including cutting dementia risk. The 35 year study of 2,235 men aged 45-59 at the start of the study, which was conducted by scientists at Cardiff University in Wales, UK, identified the following five key […]

Healthy Habits to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia

According to recent research, following a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a low body weight, avoiding smoking and limiting your alcohol consumption can help to reduce your odds of dementia. Researchers from Cardiff University in the U.K. studied 2,235 men and found that those who adopted all five, or even four, of these healthy behaviors […]

Taking Pictures Might Be Ruining Your Memory

In a phenomenon known as ‘photo-taking impairment effect’, researchers believe that taking a picture to remember occasions such as a birthday, family event or concert may actually harm our ability to remember the event fully. A new study shows that taking pictures rather than concentrating fully on the events in front of us prevents memories […]