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Exercise may not be the silver bullet – but it’s still important

Exercise – or moving your body for those who don’t like the “e-word” – is good for us. Upon that fact, there’s widespread agreement. There also have been proven positive correlations between physical activity and cognitive health. So a natural question is, can you do an “exercise intervention” – starting exercise early in life in an effort to ensure cognitive health in your later years?

6 Factors That Can Increase Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

There's still a lot we don't know about the causes of Alzheimer's, but there are some factors associated with an increased risk of getting the disease. For the most part, though, an increased risk doesn't mean a person will necessarily get the disease —just that the chances are higher.

Ask the Expert: Should I be concerned?

I’m not sure if my mother would be considered clinically depressed or not. She just seems like she doesn’t care about much and isn’t very engaged in her world. Could this be depression and, if so, should I be concerned that she could be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s?

Depression. . .Dementia. . .or Both?

Feeling blue, disconnected, confused. . .these are all classic signs of depression. But could these also be clues that Alzheimer’s might be on the horizon?

Think Pink AND Purple

October is heralded by a parade of pink – with a near-constant focus on breast cancer. And deservedly so, since statistics show that 12 percent of women may develop the disease. But did you know that 16 percent of women age 71 or older have dementia (compared with 11 percent of men) and that two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s are women? 

This month – and every month – we may want to focus on purple (the color designated for Alzheimer’s awareness), as well as pink. 

Are the numbers that high because women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or simply because women live longer than men – or both? Or are there more complex factors at play? Could different life experiences, such as type and amount of education or occupation, play a role?

World Alzheimer's Day: Bust the myths, embrace the facts

More than four million people in India are afflicted with some form of dementia, with Alzheimer's being the most common cause. 

People at Risk for Alzheimer’s Wanted for Major Study Testing Possible Preventive Therapies

Older people — ages 60 to 75 — in good cognitive health but with two copies of the “risk gene”1 for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are being asked to take part in Generation Study, a collaborative and global research project investigating treatments that might stop the disease from developing.

Can this eye scan detect Alzheimer's years in advance?

Researchers say early indicators of Alzheimer's disease exist within our eyes, meaning a non-invasive eye scan could tip us off to Alzheimer's years before symptoms occur.

Maintaining Your Brain is No Game

Puzzlers take note: Rather than a rousing round of Word Find, your brain may benefit more if you pick up a golf club, grab a friend and head to the golf course for a lesson. And even, better? Walk the course rather than relying on a golf cart to get around. Brain games and puzzles may be fun and feel challenging but there’s little to no evidence of their long-term brain benefits. The good news? There are other ways to keep your brain in the game. 

Ask the Expert: Brain-Training Games

Dear Dr. Charness,

I often see ads for brain-training programs that promise to improve my memory. Some even suggest using their product could prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Should I believe these claims?