” … 19 individuals older than 65 years of age who were experiencing cognitive decline were randomized to a control group or an intervention group for 8 weeks. The control group received online information related to dementia and lifestyle risk factors, Mediterranean diet, physical activity, and cognitive engagement. Participants were instructed to implement this information into their own lifestyles. The intervention group received the same online information, plus active components to assist with implementing this information into their lifestyles: dietitian sessions, an exercise physiologist session, and online brain training. [Read more…] about Study: Actual, sustained practice–not mere knowledge–is needed to harness neuroplasticity and improve cognition over time
What Science Tells Us About Preventing Dementia (The Wall Street Journal):
“When it comes to battling dementia, the unfortunate news is this: Medications have proven ineffective at curing or stopping the disease and its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease. But that isn’t the end of the story. According to a recent wave of scientific studies, we have more control over our cognitive health than is commonly known. We just have to take certain steps—ideally, early and often—to live a healthier lifestyle.
In fact, according to a recent report commissioned by the Lancet, a medical journal, around 35% of dementia cases might be prevented if [Read more…] about Reminder: A brain-friendly lifestyle is the best approach to delay cognitive decline and dementia
Time for SharpBrains’ July e‑newsletter, featuring fascinating scientific findings, emerging brain health practices and insights…and some fun teasers.
Let’s start with the key take-aways from a new and very insightful evidence review which found nine modifiable risk factors for dementia — accounting for 35% of all cases:
— Education by age 15 (during early life)
— Hypertension; Obesity; Hearing loss (in mid-life)
— Depression; Diabetes; Physical inactivity; Smoking; Low social contact (in later life)
- Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors
- Study shows how practicing gratitude can help train your brain and improve mental health over time
- With 25% of US physicians aged 65+, hospitals test older doctors on mental and physical acuity
- “Our health starts and ends with brain health” — Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
- Four Ways to Upgrade Brain Health in the Digital Age
- Call for nominations and applications @ Global Teacher Prize 2018
- Brain Health Challenge by MIT Solve (Submissions due August 1st)
- Reminder and Discount Code: BrainFutures 2017 to take place September 6–7th in Washington, DC
- 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5–7th, 2017), featuring a stellar “Sharp Tank” of Judges shaping brain-related innovation in healthcare, education, the workplace, and general quality of life.
Finally, you may want to Test your Brain and Mind with these 9 Classic Optical Illusions 🙂
Have a great August!
The SharpBrains Team
The Lancet Commission: One Third of Dementia May Be Preventable (Lancet report release):
“Today’s findings are extremely hopeful,” said Maria Carrillo, PhD, chief science officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. “At an individual level, many people have the potential to reduce their risk of cognitive decline, and perhaps dementia, through simple, healthful behavior changes. At a public health level, interventions based on this evidence could be extremely powerful in managing the global human and economic costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.” [Read more…] about Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors
“In the UK, dementia has fallen by a fifth over the past 20 years, possibly down to lifestyle and education changes, highlighting benefits of preventative action…
A team from three British universities concluded that as a result the number of new cases of dementia is lower than had been predicted in the 1990s [Read more…] about UK study: Dementia rates significantly lower than forecasted–especially for men–highlighting the protective role of lifestyle and education
“Nearly 7,000 people aged 50 and over signed up for the six-month experiment, launched by BBC TV’s Bang Goes The Theory…Some of the volunteers were encouraged to play online brain training games for 10 minutes at a time, as often as they wished. The others — the control group — were asked to do simple internet searches [Read more…] about BBC brain training study apparently retracts previous overgeneralized claim that “brain training doesn’t work”