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Cognitive Decline

How Your Blood Type Affects Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.11.2015 | Science

We've long known that many factors, from genetics to lifestyle choices, play a role in brain health over the course of a lifetime. And according to ne...

Carolyn Gregoire

Study Says Meditation Could Protect The Brain From Signs Of Aging

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.06.2015 | Science

Meditation is good for the brain. A new wave of research has connected the ancient practice to many cognitive benefits, from greater attention and foc...

Making Stress Your Friend: It's All in Your Mindset

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

While it's no secret that sustained levels of stress are not good for your health, there is more to the stress story than "stress is bad." As it turns out, how you perceive stress is just as important as the amount of stress you're experiencing.

Are There Natural Remedies for Cognitive Aging?

Wray Herbert | Posted 02.18.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

The aging brain goes through predictable changes, and as a result, old age is usually accompanied by some cognitive decline, even dementia. Happily, some of the risk factors for mental aging are open to intervention.

Yagana Shah

To Have A Healthy Brain When You're Old, You Need To Do This In Midlife

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.02.2014 | Fifty

If you've been putting off exercise or swearing you'll start eating healthier tomorrow -- here's your wake up call. A new study says diabetes in midli...

Doing This Exercise May Boost Brain Function In Older Adults

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty

Seeking some inner peace? A new study suggests that hatha yoga not only helps you relax, but also may boost brain function in older adults. Researc...

Yagana Shah

Internet Use May Protect Your Brain Against Aging

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty

Turns out, your smartphone isn't so bad for you after all. In fact, it may help protect your brain against age-related cognitive decline. Brazilian...

Yagana Shah

Take These Supplements To Possibly Protect Against Alzheimer's

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.16.2014 | Fifty

It might be a tough pill to swallow, but it's well worth it. While you may avoid fish oil supplements, fearing the fishy aftertaste or the off-putting...

Yagana Shah

Sleep THIS Long To Keep Your Brain From Aging Faster

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.02.2014 | Fifty

Sure, we've heard that sleeping with your makeup on or sleeping with your face smushed into your pillow can cause you to age. But a new study says, it...

Yagana Shah

Study Determines The Ideal Amount Of Sleep For Those Over 50

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty

If you've been tossing and turning more and more as you age but keep writing it off as a normal part of aging, think again. Both quality and quantity ...

Yagana Shah

What Putting A Name With A Face Says About How Well You're Aging

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty

As you get older, you might find yourself worried that your so-called "senior moments" could be more than just forgetfulness. A misplaced set of keys ...

Work Longer, Think Longer: Why Your Brain Loves the Economic Crisis

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 06.08.2014 | Science
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

Thanks to the economic crisis, the American dream of retirement in our 60s is dead or dying. Eighty is the new 60. But is this really that bad of an outcome? Your brain sees a silver lining.

Why The Alzheimer's Epidemic Hits Women Hardest

Next Avenue | Sherri Snelling | Posted 04.01.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Sherri Snelling More than 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and a new report by the Alzhe...

3 Easy Ways To Whip Your Brain Into Shape

Next Avenue | Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Sandra Bond Chapman Our brain changes every day. We can feel when it is firing on all cylinders and our thoughts con...

Can You Detect Your Partner's Feelings Without Seeing His Or Her Face?

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 09.10.2013 | Fifty

Younger adults are more adept at reading emotion in their partner's face than older adults. But when the partner isn't present, older and younger adul...

The Good News About Aging And Forgetfulness

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 08.08.2013 | Fifty

Ever forget where you put your keys? Researchers say memory troubles are common as you grow older, but they aren't necessarily an inevitable part of a...

The Mediterranean Diet's 4 Health Benefits For Post 50s

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty

Built on a foundation of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish, the Mediterranean diet has been associated with everything from increased longevit...

Researchers Find Alzheimer's Warnings Years Before Symptoms Show

Posted 05.14.2013 | Fifty

Researchers have figured out new ways to identify who is at risk of developing Alzheimer's, an incurable brain disease that affects 5.4 million Americ...

Memory, Aging, and Distraction

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

This research replicates previous work showing that older adults remember less and are more distractible than younger adults. However, this work also suggests that there is a silver lining to this combination.

10 Ways to Stay Mentally Young

U.S. News And World Report | PHILIP MOELLER | Posted 05.06.2013 | Fifty

As life spans continue to lengthen, it's becoming increasingly clear that our brains as well as our bodies are amazingly resilient and adaptive. Even ...

Teen Marijuana Use: How Concerned Should We Be?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 04.12.2013 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Is there a familiar aroma emanating from your kid's room? Do you shake your head and ignore it thinking, "Hey, I got high when I was a teen and I turned out OK, right?" Well, think again.

Is Human Intellect on the Downward Slide?

Rob Brooks | Posted 01.20.2013 | Science
Rob Brooks

Humans are complex animals. Our intelligence is a complex adaptation. And the diverse and surprising ways in which we use it today suggest that we owe it to more than a handful of simplistic evolutionary scenarios.

Can Alzheimer's Make People Happier?

Marie Marley | Posted 09.23.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I'm writing to tell you about a most unusual person with Alzheimer's. You're going to think I'm crazy. But to tell you the truth, I have say that Ed became more contented as his Alzheimer's developed.

GET PSYCHED! 4 Reasons Why You Should Be Intellectually Pumped RIGHT NOW

Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D.

One of the most powerful messages coming out of the brain fitness science these days is that having intellectual passions is a major factor in any good brain fitness plan.

Bone Density May Predict Cognitive Decline

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Douglas Fields

If a woman has low bone density, the new study results suggest that discussing estrogen treatment with their physician may be a useful option, especially if she is relatively early in the postmenopausal stage.