Can’t ever remember where you left your keys?  Ginkgo biloba, an herbal solution for forgetfulness used in Asia for centuries has been widely used and thought to improve, prevent or delay memory loss associated with aging. However, a recent study concludes that taking 120 mg of ginkgo biloba twice daily was not effective in reducing […]

Pat Summitt, Shannon Bobbitt

Pat Summitt has dementia. The beloved University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach announced yesterday that at the age of 59, she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia. Despite the diagnosis, Coach Summitt plans to continue coaching her team the Lady Vols. Can someone with dementia such as this manage to coach a team in […]

Another impressive perk can be added to the long list of benefits of the ancient Chinese art of tai chi: lowering risk of dementia. Frequently referred to as “mediation in motion,” tai chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce stress and improve health. There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice aids in treating and […]

Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s is not just scary, it’s petrifying.  In fact, “Alzheimer’s is the second most feared disease,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Its latest report “Generation Alzheimer’s: The Defining Disease of the Baby Boomers” sheds light on a crisis that is no longer emerging – it’s here. According to the Alzheimer’s Association report, “Starting this year, more than 10,000 […]

Dementia and antidepressants have gone hand in hand in the past; with a high rate of depression among dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, it was seemingly logical to routinely prescribe antidepressants. However British researchers published a study yesterday in “The Lancet” that urges doctors to take pause before writing those prescriptions. The two drugs discussed are […]

Most of us have been to a college party and had too much to drink. But drinking too much at one time may actually affect our brain function and memory. Binge drinking is the consumption of large quantities of alcohol in one sitting. Animal studies have shown this kind of pattern may cause damage to […]

celery

We all accept that as we age, our memories get worse. Turns out that eating the parsley garnish on your plate may help. A recent study looked at how a compound called luteolin, (commonly found in parsley and celery) slowed cognitive decline in older mice.  What they found was that the mice that were given […]

Want to keep your mind healthy and sharp throughout your life? Pick up an instrument. A new study found that musicians might have brains that function better than their peers well into old age. Bet you wish you stuck with those piano lessons after all. Researchers tested the mental abilities of senior citizens and discovered […]