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1/2/2017 – Without Any Family, Aging Adults Rely On Friends For Help

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Some older people don’t have children or other family members to fall back on when they need care. Instead, they find that networks of friends can take up the slack. Read the full article at National Public Radio.

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12/29/2016 – A Gut Makeover for the New Year

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If you’re making resolutions for a healthier new year, consider a gut makeover. Refashioning the community of bacteria and other microbes living in your intestinal tract, collectively known as the gut microbiome, could be a good long-term investment in your health. Read the full article at The New York Times.

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11/28/2016 – Oldest adults may have much to gain from social technology

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Adults over 80 who use information and communication technology are more likely to report mental and physical well-being, according to Stanford research. Researchers at the Stanford Center on Longevity find that adults over 80 benefit from using technology to connect with friends and family. “Critics say that people might not be able to connect with […]

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11/21/2016 – US dementia rates drop 24%

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A new study finds that the prevalence of dementia has fallen sharply in recent years, most likely as a result of Americans’ rising educational levels and better heart health, which are both closely related to brain health. Read the full article at CNN.

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11/21/2016 – U.S. Dementia Rates Are Dropping Even as Population Ages

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Despite fears that dementia rates were going to explode as the population grows older and fatter, and has more diabetes and high blood pressure, a large nationally representative survey has found the reverse. Dementia is actually on the wane. And when people do get dementia, they get it at older and older ages. Read the […]

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11/17/2016 – Alzheimer’s didn’t cause memory loss for these 90-year-olds

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Scientists looked at the brains of eight people older than 90 who had superior memories until their deaths. They were surprised to find widespread and dense Alzheimer’s plaques and tangles that were, in some cases, considered full-blown Alzheimer’s pathology. Read the full article at Futurity.

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11/8/2016 – How to defeat dementia

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Dementia is the fifth-biggest cause of death in high-income countries, but it is the most expensive disease to manage because patients require constant, costly care for years. And yet, research funding for dementia pales in comparison with that for many other diseases. Experts say that the coming wave can be calmed with the help of […]

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10/24/2016 – Researchers Take First Steps Toward A Preventative Alzheimer’s Pill

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A preventative Alzheimer’s pill is the ideal end game for researchers studying the disease from many angles. While we’re not yet close to the goal, new research shows a way that it may be possible, using an approach similar to what has worked for managing other chronic conditions. Read the full article at Forbes.

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10/20/2016 – Do brain-training exercises really work?

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A battle has been brewing over whether brain training really works, leaving consumers stuck in the middle, scratching their heads. Read the full article at CNN.

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10/3/2016 – Do “Brain-Training” Programs Work?

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How could two teams of scientists examine the same literature and come to conflicting “consensus” views about the effectiveness of brain training? The disagreement might result from different standards used when evaluating the evidence. To date, the field has lacked a comprehensive review of the brain-training literature, one that examines both the quantity and the […]

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