About 13 years ago, I watched my very vital mother die a slow death from Lewy-Body dementia. For me, it was a wakeup call. If there were anything I could do to stay healthy myself—to avoid the slow decline of an aging brain—I wanted to do it. But what really helps us stay sharp longer? And how can we separate fad ideas from solid, evidence-based advice around aging? [Read more…] about Neuroscience tips about gratitude, aging, pain and the brain: An interview with Dr. Daniel Levitin
“With an aging population worried about cognitive decline and dementia, such training programs have seen a burst in popularity in recent years. Consumers spent an estimated $1.9 billion on digital brain health and neurotechnology apps in 2018, a fourfold increase from $475 million in 2012, according to global data from SharpBrains, an independent market-research firm.
But despite the rising interest in cognitive training, evidence of its benefits is still a mixed bag, experts say. [Read more…] about Trend: Consumers spend significantly more on digital brain health and neurotechnology apps
Aerobic Exercise May Be Key to Better Neurocognition (Psychology Today):
“Duke University researchers recently reported that just six months of aerobic exercise—for 35 minutes, three times a week—may improve executive function in older adults who have cognitive impairments. Before they began doing aerobic exercise, the previously sedentary study participants had difficulty concentrating, making decisions, and remembering [Read more…] about Aerobic exercise–not diet or health education–seen to significantly improve executive functions among older sedentary adults
It’s remarkable how quickly things are changing, finally, in brain health and mental health — see for example what’s new with Interaxon, Akili, NeuraMetrix, Apple, Calm, Halo Neuroscience, Mindstrong Health, Novartis, Pear Therapeutics, and lifelong neurogenesis, all in the last 6 months!
- Cognitive training, diet, exercise, and vascular management seen to improve cognition even in people with genetic predisposition for dementia (APOE e4)
- Brain imaging show that patients with Alzheimer’s disease can still remember and enjoy their favorite songs
- Physical exercise doesn’t slow down dementia once it appears, study shows
- Initial study finds promise and limitations in using virtual reality (VR) to treat ADHD
- tDCS coming to an Equinox gym near you: Good, Bad or Depends?
- Could technology help cure depression among older adults? (Short answer: Yes)
- Six tips for social-emotional learning (SEL) to transfer into real-world skills
- Large study to assess impact on early brain development of financial assistance to low-income mothers
- New book highlights continued brain development throughout adolescence, even into our 20s
- Presentation on Neuroscience, Education and Lifelong Learning (in Spanish)
Have a great month of June,
The SharpBrains Team
How do genetics impact early intervention for dementia? (Medical News Bulletin):
“Cardiovascular and neurological diseases, such as dementia, have been linked to dysfunction of a variation of the apolipoprotein E, or APOE, gene, called the APOE e4 allele…The Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER) evaluated whether the effectiveness of lifestyle modifications for those at risk of Alzheimer’s disease would be different for those with or without the APOE e4 gene. [Read more…] about Cognitive training, diet, exercise, and vascular management seen to improve cognition even in people with genetic predisposition for dementia (APOE e4)
Question: First of all, if I may, what do you do to stay sharp 🙂
Answer: I stay off social media almost entirely and also try hard not to get caught up with the daily news cycle; this helps me get to more focused states where I can keep concentration on long-form content with greater depth. I also pay attention to diet (no sugar), regular exercise and meditation.
–> Keep reading the interview over at Medium with this great pioneer working on ways to democratize access to neuroscience and neurotech in order to improve brainhealth and mental health worldwide.