It is often assumed that a decrease in memory and brain function are inevitable parts of aging, but a new study of centenarians suggests otherwise.
Investigators found that despite the presence of neurological issues generally associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), many centenarians maintained high levels of cognitive performance.
(Henne Holstege, PhD, assistant professor at Amsterdam University Medical Center) said her interest in researching aging and cognitive health was inspired by the “fascinating” story of Hendrikje van Andel Schipper, who died at age 115 in 2005 “completely cognitively healthy.” Her mother, who died at age 100, was also cognitively intact at the end of her life. [Read more…] about Study with 330 centenarians finds that cognitive decline is not inevitable
Alzheimer’s Prediction May Be Found in Writing Tests (The New York Times):
… the researchers looked at a group of 80 men and women in their 80s — half had Alzheimer’s and the others did not. But, seven and a half years earlier, all had been cognitively normal. [Read more…] about Study: Artificial intelligence program identifies linguistic markers that predict, with 70% accuracy, who gets Alzheimer’s Disease years later
Ready to test your cognitive flexibility and concentration powers? Try this classic brain teaser, fun for kids and adults alike.
Quick! Say aloud what color you see in every word. Don’t read the word — say the color 🙂
Tougher than expected, right? This brain teaser is actually called the Stroop Test and is often used in neuropsychological evaluations to measure executive functions such as cognitive flexibility, inhibition and self-regulation capability.
For more brain teasers and also visual illusions:
- You say you can count? Check out this brief attention experiment
- Fun 25 Brain Teasers for Teens and Adults
- Challenge your brain with this visual logic brain teaser
Simple test may help predict long-term outcome after stroke (Science Daily):
“We found that this test, which takes less than 10 minutes, can help predict whether people will have impaired thinking skills, problems that keep them from performing daily tasks such as bathing and dressing and even whether they will be more likely to die,” said study author Martin Dichgans, MD, of Ludwig-Maximilians University [Read more…] about Study: 10-minute cognitive test MoCA helps predict long-term motor, cognitive and mortality outcomes after stroke
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)
mHealth Research on Mental Health Taps Into One’s Tapping Habits (mHealth Intelligence):
“Healthcare providers looking to use mHealth in behavioral health treatment have long struggled to make the technology unobtrusive. But recent research suggests that remote monitoring of people with mental health issues could be done by analyzing their smartphone habits.
A recent report in the journal NPJ Digital Medicine suggests that a smartphone app that collects user activity in the background can help telemental healthcare providers measure that user’s daily habits and detect when those habits deviate. By combining [Read more…] about Mindstrong Health identifies digital biomarkers of cognitive function using smartphone data