New research suggests that people who develop high ‘cognitive reserve’ by the time they reach 69 years old may reduce their likelihood of memory and thinking decline, even with low childhood cognitive abilities. The study was published today in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [Read more…] about Study: Building cognitive reserve helps delay memory and thinking decline regardless of genetic or childhood markers
Walking Speed Helps Predict Future Dementia (MedPage Today):
Dual decline in gait speed and cognition carried a higher risk of dementia than either gait-only decline or cognitive-only decline, reported Taya Collyer, PhD, of Monash University in Victoria, Australia, and co-authors, in JAMA Network Open…
Memory Loss Slower for Working Women (MedPage Today):
Working women had slower memory decline as they aged than women who had not worked outside the home, a longitudinal study found.
Non-working mothers were twice as likely to develop memory impairment at age 70 as working married mothers, reported Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, PhD, MPH, of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in Los Angeles, and co-authors. [Read more…] about Study: Work in adulthood seen to significantly delay memory decline after age 60, supporting the Cognitive Reserve theory
“Professionals whose jobs require more speaking, developing strategies, conflict resolution and managerial tasks may experience better protection against memory and thinking decline in old age than their co-workers, according to a new study [Read more…] about The best brain supplement to delay memory and thinking decline: A mentally stimulating job
“A new study shows that having a high amount of beta amyloid or “plaques” in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease may cause steeper memory decline in mentally healthy older people than does having the APOE ?4 allele, also associated with the disease. “Our results show that plaques may be a more important factor in determining which people are [Read more…] about Beta amyloid build-up in the brain may increase risk of cognitive impairment more than having “Alzheimer’s gene”
(Editor’s Note: what follows is an excerpt from Dr. Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan’s new book, The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head: A Psychiatrist’s Stories of His Most Bizarre Cases)
Gigi and I had moved to Studio City, about a forty-minute commute to UCLA. On weekends, we often went to the movies at Universal CityWalk, a replication of Los Angeles within Los Angeles. Why people couldn’t just walk down the real streets of Los Angeles made no sense to me, yet there we were, on a Friday evening, eating ice cream and strolling down a simulated street.
We had just seen Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new sciencefiction film about a construction worker who undergoes a false memory transplant that takes him on an imaginary trip to Mars. But things go wrong, and when he comes out of it, he can’t tell what’s real and what’s imagined.
“When he first got back from Mars, there were so many signs that he was from the future that I believed it,” I said.
“But honey, before he had that memory implant done, he was perfectly happy living in the present—on Earth. Then he got all paranoid.”
“Of course he did. How do you know what’s reality if you can’t trust your memory?” I asked.
“I don’t know; you’re the memory expert. I want to go into this shop for a minute.” Gigi disappeared into a record store.
As I ate my ice cream and watched the crowds, I kept thinking about those questions. If two realities seem equally true, how would you know which version to believe? Many of my patients struggled with similar issues, whether they were psychotic, demented, or simply having memory problems.
Over the past few years, I had begun to concentrate a large part of my practice on memory issues—not just in older patients with Alzheimer’s disease but in middle-aged people who were worried about their increasing forgetfulness. My research was also focusing on early detection of dementia and age-related memory decline, and I was developing brain imaging as a diagnostic tool.
Gigi came back with a bag of CDs and said [Read more…] about Dr. Gary Small’s The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head: Brain Fog