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One more reason to improve education and cardiovascular health in developing countries: to delay (underestimated) Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer_Word_cloud_conceptAlzheimer’s Cases Severely Underestimated in Developing Nations (Bloomberg):

“Alzheimer’s cases are greatly underestimated in East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Colombia, researchers said, which may lead to poor policy making and inadequate health-care services. Read the rest of this entry »

Good interview (in Spanish) about lifelong brain health and mental fitness

AlvaroFernandezIbanez_picÁlvaro Fernández Ibáñez: “Corriendo creamos más neuronas que andando” (La Vanguardia):

– ¿Por qué invertir en nuestro cerebro es un buen negocio?
Porque lo ignoramos hasta que es demasiado tarde, hasta que uno tiene alzheimer o una depresión crónica. Pero cualquier persona puede mejorar cosas de su cerebro. Y esto tiene dos grandes ventajas: mejorar nuestro rendimiento nos sirve para aprender cosas más rápido o para manejar el estrés Read the rest of this entry »

Kirtan Kriya Meditation: A “new” tool to fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Enjoy this slide deck presented by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa President of the Alzheimer’s Research & Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF),  at the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit.

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To Harness Neuroplasticity, Start with Enthusiasm

We are the architects and builders of our own brains.

For millennia, however, we were oblivious to our enormous creative capabilities. We had no idea that our brains were changing in response to our actions and attitudes, every day of our lives. So we unconsciously and randomly shaped our brains and our latter years because we believed we had an immutable brain that was at the mercy of our genes.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

Alzheimer’s Disease and Music: A Door to Past and New Memories

Music can soothe and trigger memories. It is as such that music is most often used with Alzheimer’s patients. A new study suggests that music may also be used as a booster for learning new things, an ability very impaired in those with Alzheimer’s.

Individuals with Alzheimer’s and matched controls were presented with unfamiliar songs lyrics: half of the lyrics were sung and half were merely spoken. Participants were then presented with the lyrics they had heard as well as with new ones, and asked whether they recognized any lyrics.

Alzheimer’s patients’ memory was much better for sung lyrics than for spoken ones. There was no difference between the two types of lyrics for the healthy older adults.

Why do people with Alzheimer’s seem to benefit from musical stimuli? Read the rest of this entry »

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