Get smart about brain health

Get smart about brain health

Activity directors and lifestyle coordinators across the country are trying to find the best solutions for residents who request "brain games" out of a desire to improve their memory and sharpen their cognitive skills.

Better heart health tied to memory recall in older adults

Seniors who have better heart and lung health tend to have better memory recall and cognitive capabilities, according to a new study in the Journal of Gerontology.

Provider betting that new dining menus will lead to better cognitive abilities, longer lasting memory

Provider betting that new dining menus will lead to better cognitive abilities, longer lasting memory


A common quip has been that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Now, there's a long-term care provider who's hoping to prove that the stomach is also the way to the brain.

Building better brains — and better bottom lines

Building better brains — and better bottom lines

Wellness directors confronted with a decision whether to adopt computerized brain fitness programs designed to combat cognitive decline are faced with two critical questions. First, do these programs work? And second, will they add to the bottom line?

Intensity of activities doesn't determine level of benefits for seniors, researchers say


Mental and physical stimulation improves seniors' memory and thinking skill, regardless of how rigorous the activities are, according to a recently published study.

Expert advice on how we all can develop a better memory

Expert advice on how we all can develop a better memory


I'm fascinated with long-term care topics that at first blush might seem to be speaking to residents, but upon closer reflection are personally even more interesting to long-term care workers or others.

Non-invasive brain stimulation improves speech, memory skills, research suggests


A non-invasive brain stimulation technique shows promise in speeding speech recovery in stroke patients and improving memory and cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients, new research suggests.

Memory problems in seniors could signal lower cognitive function, study reports

Seniors with complaints about short-term memory gaps, such as difficulty recalling recent events, might be experiencing more than just age-related changes, according to researchers. They say their new study findings could lead to new protocols for clinicians treating seniors with memory problems.

Collaboration and social interactions help extend memory, study finds

A collaborative approach in social interactions could be a key to memory retention and independent living later in life, new research reveals.

Memory fitness programs boost verbal memory, perception of memory, study finds

Memory fitness programs at senior living communities helped improve seniors' verbal learning and retention, plus boosted their self-perceived memory, a new study finds.

Vitamin and mineral supplements could improve long-term memory, study suggests

Adults who take vitamin and mineral supplements for 10 years exhibited better long-term memory skills than those who took placebos, according to a new study.

A mile a day may keep dementia away: Study links walking with preserved brain function

The trick to staving off memory problems and cognitive decline in old age could be as simple as walking more, new research suggests.

'Senior moments' are not necessarily part of aging process, study finds

Those momentary memory lapses that typically accompany aging may not be so normal after all. A new study links common forgetfulness in old age to strokes and Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's conference offers research surprises


I always look forward to the research that emerges from the annual international Alzheimer's conference. This year, the meeting has not disappointed.

Why so blue? Berries could slow memory loss

It has long been thought that eating blueberries, a rich source of antioxidants, improve memory. Now a study has uncovered evidence of such beneficial effects.

Knowledge about celebrities could indicate risk for Alzheimer's, research suggests

Our ability to remember information about celebrities could help with more than just trivia games; it could hold clues to early detection of Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.

Experimental new Alzheimer's treatment could recover memory

The memories of Alzheimer's patients are forgotten but not gone, to twist a popular phrase. Now, one potential new treatment might help to recover some of those lost memories. An experimental drug has the potential to recover memory and improve cognitive function if taken early in Alzheimer's development-especially when coupled with other treatments, researchers say.

Cognitive tests don't differentiate between Alzheimer's, vascular dementia, study finds

Less than 2% of the most common neuropsychological tests can differentiate between Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, according to a recently published report.

Study: Older Americans score better than English counterparts on memory test

When it comes to memory and awareness, older Americans are demonstrably more "with it" than the English, new research shows.