Brain News You Can Use | August 2017

Our Top Picks That Caught Our Eye Recently:

Close Friends and Loving Relationships Keep the Brain Strong | Having a vibrant social life may protect your brain as you age, according to a new report from AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health. (Source: AARP | Beth Howard).

Sisters are Doing it for Themselves: The Retired Women Who Built Their Own Community | Attitudes to older people in this country are out of date. Most of the older population do not wish to have everything done for them,” says Maria Brenton, an outspoken proponent of older people living independently. (Source: Telegraph UK | Isabelle Fraser).

The Lancet Commission: One Third of Dementia May Be Preventable | In a report presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 (AAIC 2017) in London, The Lancet International Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care reported that more than one third of global dementia cases may be preventable through addressing lifestyle factors that impact an individual’s risk. (Source: Alzheimer’s Association | Author: N/A).)

What’s the Best Diet for the Aging Brain? | Dr. Angela Hanson, geriatrician at the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center, studies how diet can affect cognition and Alzheimer disease progression. (Source: UW Medicine Memory & Brain Wellness Center |Dr. Angela Hanson, MD).

Walking Speed May Predict Dementia Risk: Slow Gait Linked To Poor Brain Health | The way we walk can say a lot about us; fast walkers are seen as individuals with high energy, while slow walkers are seen as more relaxed. (Source: Medical Daily | Lizette Borreli).

Why Cognitive Impairment Is More Common When You Have Diabetes | Scary but true: When you have diabetes, it can affect your brain. In fact, your chance of developing dementia and cognitive decline is at least 1.5 times higher compared with someone who doesn’t have diabetes. (Source: US News Health | Author: Vanessa Caceres).

Why Wellness Matters in Senior Living | Five or six years ago, the term “wellness” was a catch-all term; a bullet item on a hospital marketing brochure or an insurance advertisement. It had a good ring to it, but it was hard to get your head round what it really meant. (Source: Senior Housing Forum | Author: Susan Saldibar).