Archives for November 2015

Improving Fitness May Counteract Brain Atrophy in Older Adults

(University of Maryland) Older adults that improved their fitness through a moderate intensity exercise program increased the thickness of their brain’s cortex, the outer layer of the brain that typically atrophies with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  These effects were found in both healthy […]

How Exercise May Energize Brain Cell Function

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) As we age or develop neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, our brain cells may not produce sufficient energy to remain fully functional. Researchers discovered that an enzyme called SIRT3 that is located in mitochondria — the cell’s powerhouse — may protect mice brains against the kinds of stresses believed to contribute to […]

Mediterranean Diet Recipes from the Mayo Clinic

(Mayo Clinic) Experiment with eating the Mediterranean way with these healthy recipes. People who follow the Mediterranean diet have a longer life expectancy and lower rates of chronic diseases than do other adults. Indeed, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans point to the Mediterranean diet as an example of a healthy-eating plan. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: Resources for Managing Family Stress

(BrightFocus Foundation) It is not at all unusual for families to find themselves feuding when confronted with all the decisions of caring for an elder with Alzheimer’s, or other long-term diseases of aging. Caregiver stress can run high and emotions can become frayed, but professional and objective guidance and resources are available for those who […]

Aerobic Exercise May Reverse Aging Effects on the Brain

(8th Conference, Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease)  Aerobic exercise appears to improve brain function and reduce markers of neurodegeneration in older adults at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to research being presented at the 8th International Conference on Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD). Laura Baker, Ph.D., principal investigator of the study and […]

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care: Planning and Preparing for the Road Ahead

(HelpGuide.org) Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia can be a challenging journey, not only for the person diagnosed but also for their family members and loved ones. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia can seem overwhelming at times, but the more information and support you have, the better you can navigate the demanding […]

Smoking Accelerates Brain Ageing, Research Shows

(Age UK) But giving up could help repair and recover damage to the brain, recent research suggests. Giving up smoking – even in later life – could help reverse the harmful effects it has on the brain, according to recent research from the Disconnected Mind study at University of Edinburgh, funded by Age UK. In […]

Experimental Drug Targeting Alzheimer’s Disease Shows Anti-aging Effects

(Salk Institute for Biological Studies) Salk team finds molecule that slows the clock on key aspects of aging in animals. Salk Institute researchers have found that an experimental drug candidate aimed at combating Alzheimer’s disease has a host of unexpected anti-aging effects in animals. The Salk team expanded upon their previous development of a drug candidate, […]