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Using iPads can help Older Adults Thinking Ability

A new study suggests, that for older adults, learning to use a tablet computer can help improve memory and assist in completing tasks. The researchers add it can also enhance everyday life and help older adults achieve greater independence. “Mastering technological devices such as the iPad has the added advantage of providing older adults with […]
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Heart Heath in Young Adults Tied to Mental Function Later in Life

Young adults with good blood pressure will go on to live mentally healthy lives, having better memory and thinking skills, compared to those with high blood pressure, according to a new study. While previous studies have linked poor heart health in middle aged adults to mental decline, this new study suggests that the association starts […]
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Learning a Second Language May Protect an Aging Brain

Learning and speaking two or more languages has been shown to protect your brain as it ages, even if you learn another language as an adult. For the study, researchers followed 835 people born in Scotland in 1936 whose first language was English. At age 11, participants were given a mental skills test and then […]
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Four Unusual Ways Music Fine-Tunes the Brain

Researchers have studies that suggest what music can do for the human brain- it can alter brain structures in musicians, and enhance cognitive skills in children and adults alike. However, researchers are still learning to what extent music affects the brain. Here are four known ways that music affects the brain:     Bring Back […]
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Mental Muscle: 4 Postures for a Better Brain

While the brain controls the body, the body can also influence the brain, specifically by the feedback it sends up the nervous system. The body and mind largely work together to create our perceptions of the world. Researchers have determined how the brain interprets incoming signals from the rest of the body. Here are a […]
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Laughter May be the Best Medicine for Memory Loss

“Laughter is the best medicine” may be a motto many live their lives by, but a new study found that laughter may actually be the best medicine for age-related memory loss. A new study found that humor may reduce brain damage caused by the “stress hormone” cortisol, which in turn, improves memory. Previous research has […]
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Mild Cognitive Impairment Increases Risk of Death

While memory loss can make day-to-day activities more difficult, a new research study suggests that age-related thinking problems and memory loss can increase the risk of an earlier death.  Study author Maria Vassilaki said in a release, “Currently there is little information about death and the types of memory loss that affect many millions of […]
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Green Tea’s Effect on Cognitive Function is Now Clear

Previous studies have shown the health benefits of green tea, specifically for cognitive development, but the exact reasons why were unclear. However, a new imaging study suggests that green tea appears to boost memory by enhancing functional brain connectivity.     The study, led by Stefan Borgwardt, MD, PhD, from the Department of Psychiatry, University […]
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Not Enough Evidence to Recommend Screening for Cognitive Impairment, USPSTF Says

According to a new review by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), there is insufficient evidence to recommend routine screening for cognitive decline in older adults. This review is an update of a previous review, written in 2003, which found insufficient evidence to recommend for or against routine screening for dementia in older adults. […]
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Caring for Spouse Linked to Older Women’s Wellbeing

A new study finds that older women are happier when doing chores and errands if caring for a disabled husband than simply doing housework alone. In addition, this study found that, unlike women, men did not experience any improvement in well-being when acting as a caregiver for their wife.   “A lot of studies have […]