Title: Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action
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Description: People forget things—a name, where they put their keys, a phone number—and yet what is dismissed as a minor inconvenience at 25 years of age, can evolve into a momentary anxiety at 35, and a major source of personal worry at ages 55 or 60. Forgetfulness at older ages is often equated with a decline in Read the rest of this entry »
Are You Mentally Fit Enough to Plan for Retirement? (Money):
“In this era of “self-directed” retirement (no pensions, you make all the investment choices) postponing making a real plan poses a particular risk to future security. Not only are the logistics of planning hard enough—when to collect Social Security, how to budget for expenses, what to do with savings—but the decline in cognition that Read the rest of this entry »
Different mental disorders cause same brain-matter loss, study finds (press release):
“A meta-analysis of 193 brain-imaging studies shows similar gray-matter loss in the brains of people with diagnoses as different as schizophrenia, depression and addiction…The findings call into question a longstanding tendency to distinguish psychiatric disorders chiefly by their symptoms rather than their underlying brain pathology. Read the rest of this entry »
We just came across a new and fascinating scientific paper, titled Development and evaluation of a self-administered on-line test of memory and attention for middle-aged and older adults, and published at Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Here is the very readable abstract:
“There is a need for rapid and reliable Internet-based screening tools for cognitive assessment in middle-aged and older adults. We report the psychometric properties of an on-line tool designed to screen for cognitive deficits that Read the rest of this entry »
Time for SharpBrains’ November e-newsletter, featuring a wealth of brain health insights, neuroscience and psychology research reports…and some fun brain teasers. Enjoy!
Finally, you may want to try these quick brain teasers to exercise your attention and working memory.
Enjoy a happy Thanksgiving and a great month of December!
- The SharpBrains Team
Long-Term Shift Work Linked To Impaired Brain Function (Forbes):
“According to results of a new study, long-term shift work may lead to impaired brain power which could involve cognitive skills such as thinking, reasoning and memory…The impact was much greater after a period of 10 or more years of such a work pattern — and seen to be much greater for those working a rotating shift pattern Read the rest of this entry »
Strong working memory puts brakes on problematic drug use (Medical Xpress):
“Adolescents with strong working memory are better equipped to escape early drug experimentation without progressing into substance abuse issues…Most important in the picture is executive attention, a component of working memory that involves a person’s ability to Read the rest of this entry »