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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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