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Getting Your Inner Caveman Off the Couch

— The Flintstones had all sorts of humorous labor-saving devices—a dinosaur lawn mower, a mastodon vacuum cleaner and so forth. But in reality, our ancient ancestors worked hard to survive. Anthropologists tell us this might be why it’s so hard to get ourselves moving, even if we know that physical activity is healthy for us. Are... Read More

Feeling Pandemic Brain Fatigue? You’re Not Alone!

— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to update their guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. “COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick,” the experts report. “Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can do things that they had stopped doing because of... Read More

Reasons to Show Your Older Brain Some Love

— If we live long enough, we’ll notice changes in our memory and thinking. Or maybe our spouse or another family member will be the ones to point out these changes. In any case, it’s important to be aware of changes that might mean something is amiss, and which should be reported to the doctor, such... Read More

Protecting Our Brains During the Pandemic

— While most people think of COVID-19 as primarily affecting the lungs, the data on millions of patients shows it can damage other body systems, including the brain. Some patients have experienced serious brain inflammation, delirium, hallucinations, psychotic symptoms, and strokes. Others report a milder, but still troubling, set of symptoms that some experts are referring... Read More

Preserving Our Sense of Purpose—Even Now

— Sense of Purpose Makes a Big Difference in Older Adults Gerontologists tell us that feeling we make a difference in the world provides a powerful healthy aging boost. A 2019 study of 7,000 older adults published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science showed that those who engaged in activities they consider worthwhile have... Read More

June 2020 Is Alzheimer’s & Brain Health Awareness Month

— Every year, the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) sponsors this event to remind us of steps we can take to protect our memory and to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. This year, following basic brain care advice might be a bit more challenging! But this is no time to neglect our... Read More

Brain Health: What Really Works?

— Polls show that when it comes to brain health and healthy aging, worrying about memory loss is a top concern of Americans. A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation found that nearly half of middle-age residents of the U.S. think they’re at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease... Read More

Why Many Avoid the Conversation About Alzheimer’s Disease

— University of Michigan experts recently released a study titled “Thinking About Brain Health,” in which they polled people in their 50s and early 60s about their thoughts about dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. They found that people worry about memory loss a lot. Almost 50% of the people polled believed that they themselves were likely to... Read More

Dance Yourself to Better Brain Health

— Neurologists tell us that one of the best ways to protect our brains is to exercise our bodies. Exercise not only protects us from heart disease and other health conditions that damage the brain … but in its own right, it increases brain size and builds connections in the brain that keep us sharp. Anything... Read More

Can’t Forget About That Memory Lapse?

— Where did those car keys go again?  The split-second you enter a room, you forgot what you needed to retrieve.  You can’t recall if you lowered the garage door when leaving the house.  Could that be a memory lapse? You say aloud, “Where are my glasses, I’ve looked everywhere!” and your spouse points out that... Read More
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