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Ask the Expert - The Problem with Puzzles

Dear Dr. Blacker,

I understand that memory games and crossword puzzles are supposed to be good for your brain health. But the problem is, I don’t enjoy them. What else can I do to engage my brain now that I’m nearing retirement and how much is needed to benefit my brain? 


Engage Your Brain - Help Prevent Dementia – Alzheimer’s Prevention Bulletin

Are you more likely to you pick up the Sunday crossword puzzle, the television remote or a good book? It turns out any of these may have some preventive benefit when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This issue of Alzheimer’s Prevention Bulletin explores a new study of recent research on the benefits of engaging your brain. 

4 Tips For Alzheimer’s Prevention

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, temporary treatments help so the key is prevention. Making your health a priority makes you happier and have a healthier mind. These tips will guide you towards keeping your brain healthy. 

Ask the Expert: Funding Alzheimer's Research and What it Means for Me?

Our June expert is Heather M. Snyder, PhD, Senior Director of Medical and Scientific Operations for the Alzheimer’s Association. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. 

Falling into Place: The Domino Theory at Work for Alzheimer’s Research

Tap the lead domino in a line of the tiles and you’re likely to start a chain reaction. When the tiles are metaphors for nations, events or ideas, social scientists call this the domino theory. Alzheimer’s researchers are hoping for a domino-like reaction of support if Congress approves increased funding for Alzheimer’s disease research. This issue of Alzheimer’s Prevention Bulletin looks at how a proposed $400 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research could spark interest in participating in clinical studies.  

Yoga, Meditation May Ward Off Signs Of Alzheimer’s, Study Finds

A new study shows that a three-month course of yoga and meditation helped minimize the cognitive and emotional problems that often precede Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. 

Alzheimer's Medical Studies Continue Seeking Volunteers

The Alzheimer's Prevention Initiative is recruiting volunteers to sign up for two different Alzheimer’s registries that will give researchers a pool pf participants when studying the disease. Jessica Langbaum calls for this generation step up to fight this disease and be a part of the trials. Scientists will test the effectiveness of two drugs, each with a slightly different approach of blocking the amyloid plaques that are found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

Review: NOVA Episode on the Vexing Search for Drugs to Prevent and Treat Alzheimer's

Scientific American reviews the NOVA episode “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” featuring Dr. Eric Reiman and Banner Alzheimer's Institute research. 

What Science Actually Tells Us Can Affect Our Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists have determined that there some factors that may play a role in slowing down the symptoms of Alzhiemer’s disease that are in our control, including diet, exercise, heart health, education/mental activity and mental health.