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Staving Off Alzheimer's

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Fran Moreland Johns

Spilman's prepared remarks consisted largely of useful, realistic advice about how to delay the cognitive decline most of us will experience at some point. The audience, ranging from 20-somethings to more than a few senior citizens, was furiously note-taking throughout (or furiously jotting down questions for the Q&A session to follow.)

Unusual App Trains Your Emotional Well Being

Aimee Heckel | Posted 05.04.2015 | Weird News
Aimee Heckel

I'm on day 10 of DeepSee, and I've had an epiphany. I've decided to break my habit of starting new habits and then breaking them. Oh, it tickles!

Lumosity Isn't Just Honing My Brain, It's Judging It

Debbie Galant | Posted 05.15.2015 | Fifty
Debbie Galant

Lumosity, in case you don't know, is a game platform marketed as the latest and greatest in neuroscience. It's not just a suite of games, it's a suite of games designed by Ph.D.'s to sharpen your brain.Or, if you prefer to look at it cynically, it's a digital rabbit's foot to ward off Alzheimer's.

Great Gatsby Era Building in San Francisco Goes Green

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.29.2014 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

Built in the "Great Gatsby era," this remarkable Art Deco building was the tallest tower in San Francisco for almost 40 years. Today, 140 New Montgomery may be only 33rd in height, but it's still the talk of the town, from NPR's KQED Radio in San Francisco to The Atlantic in D.C.

Improving My Brain With Lumosity

Renee Fisher | Posted 06.24.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Lumosity is an online brain training and neuroscience research company that offers a brain training program consisting of more than 40 games in the areas of memory, attention, flexibility, speed of processing, and problem solving. Life in the Boomer Lane has several friends who subscribe to their service and all speak highly of it. LBL decided to look into it.

How to Boost Your IQ Using Your Facebook News Feed

Lauren Cahn | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Lauren Cahn

Some people think of Facebook as a time-suck. I am not one of those people. I use Facebook to make myself smarter. I think of it as my own personal "L...

Facing Fierce Fears

Edie Weinstein | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

As a medical social worker, I have witnessed both in my patients and clients. I saw my parents take a downhill slide as they aged, even though they did so with grace. I have a difficult time allowing myself to be taken care of, since my role has long been that of caregiver. As I face my fears, they become less fierce.

The 8 Best Apps For A Calm, Focused Mind

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

There's almost no place or time in most of our lives that's beyond the reach of digital distractions, which can make it incredibly difficult to focus ...

Colleges With The Best Memory

Posted 12.02.2013 | College

You should remember the names Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Colorado School of Mines, because there's a goo...

What Are the Smartest Colleges in Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Certain colleges have prestige and rigorous admissions standards, but which colleges actually have the smartest students? Lumosity, an organization...

New Technology Helps With Eldercare -- It's Not Just Robots

Joan Gage | Posted 11.07.2013 | Fifty
Joan Gage

It's reassuring to know that new technical tools are being developed to aid us senior citizens. I've never played a video game in my life, but I reckon it's time to learn. It's certainly better than ending my days telling my life story to a robot that looks like a baby seal.

Champaign-Urbana Is the Brainiest in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A Lumosity study ranks Champaign-Urbana as the brainiest metro area in Illinois. What other areas made the top ten. Check it out here!...

Natural Ways to Improve Your Memory

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 10.13.2013 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

It's not in your head: Menopausal brain fog is real. Knowing that your symptoms are "normal" can be a huge relief. After all, the only thing worse than feeling like you are losing your mind is feeling like you are the only one going through the situation.

And The Smartest City In America Is...

Robin Wilkey | Posted 12.13.2013 | San Francisco

We know which cities are the greenest, the most romantic, the most expensive and the rudest. But what about the smartest? Brain-training program Lu...

Memory Problems After Cancer? Computer Games May Help

Idelle Davidson | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Idelle Davidson

If you've been through cancer treatment and you are struggling with memory or concentration issues, you may be hoping for that doorway back to your pre-cancer self. One area researchers are investigating to whisk you there is cognitive (re)training with specially-designed software.