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New survey highlights need to improve brain health literacy

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New Survey: Science-Backed Habits Reduce Dementia Risk, But Many Americans Are Misinformed (Reader’s Digest):

“Reader’s Digest partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to survey approximately 1,600 people during the month of May 2015 about their brain health and their knowledge of how lifestyle habits affect cognitive decline and dementia…respondents seemed to think they had more control over their heart health than their brain health: Read the rest of this entry »

Brain health research study by AARP: Consumers pursue brain training to support a more enjoyable, self-managed life

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AARP just released a very interesting brain health research study based on 1,200 online interviews conducted in August 2014. Key findings include:

  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to all consumers (99% find it at least somewhat important). Brain health is the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, after heart health (37% find brain health most important while 51% find heart health most important). Younger consumers Read the rest of this entry »

Debunking 10 Brain Fitness and Brain Health Myths during Brain Awareness Week

brain fitness mythsIn honor of Brain Awareness Week, let’s debunk ten myths about brain fitness and brain health that remain surprisingly popular.

Top 10 brain fitness and brain health myths, debunked:

Myth 1. Genes deter­mine the fate of our brains.
Fact: Life­long brain plas­tic­ity means that our lifestyles and behaviors play a significant role in how our brains (and therefore our minds) phys­i­cally evolve.

Myth 2. We are what we eat. Read the rest of this entry »

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