Posts Tagged ‘cognition’

Smart Eats

Friday, November 5th, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

At the Experimental Biology 2010 Meeting held recently in Anaheim, California, the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) presented a scientific program including this important news:

A study of nearly 4,000 persons, ages 65-plus, found that those who most closely followed a Mediterranean diet reduced their risk for cognitive decline with aging. The subjects’ cognitive skills were tested every three years for 15 years. Those with the highest adherence to the diet were the least likely to experience mental decline.

The study’s lead author Dr. Christy Tangney, of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, said in an ASN news release: "This diet emphasizes vegetables, fruits, fish, olive oil, lower meat consumption, and moderate wine and non-refined grain intake. Instead of espousing avoidance of foods, the data support that adults over age 65 should look to include more olive oil, legumes, nuts, and seeds in their diet in order to improve their recall times and other cognitive skills, such as identifying symbols and numbers."

In addition, Dr. Tangney said, "…we want older adults to remember that physical activity is an important part of maintaining cognitive skills."


Here’s a tip from Posit Science: “Giving Health Advice for Older People? Don’t Forget the Brain”

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Posit Science’s Karen Merzenich asks “what good is it to be 100 years old and physically fit if my mind is gone?” Her post, “Giving Health Advice for Older People? Don’t Forget the Brain,” appears in the Posit Science corporate blog where she suggests that “in aging, we need everything in our arsenal: the physical fitness, the diet, the friends and family, the shower bar, and unequivocally–the brain training.” Please click below for the complete post.


A compound found in plants such as peppers, carrots and celery may help reduce memory deficits

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Luteolin, a compound found in plants such as peppers, carrots and celery may help reduce memory deficits. The results of a study conducted at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, indicated that luteolin can help protect the brain against inflammation, “a key contributor to age-related memory problems.” Study leader Rodney Johnson added that “these data suggest that consuming a healthy diet has the potential to reduce age-associated inflammation in the brain, which can result in better cognitive health.” For a report from ScienceDaily, please click below.


Walking may help protect your “little gray cells”

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Walking may help preserve brain mass and, more importantly, guard against memory loss. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh studied the walking patterns of 299 “dementia-free” elderly participants (average age 78 years). They then tracked their development 9 and 13 years later. Results showed that those participants who walked 6 to 9 miles miles per week had greater gray matter volume and had “cut their risk of developing memory problems in half.” Click below for a news release from the American Academy of Neurology.



Posit Science, a respected brain training software development company, has produced an informative 3 part series on fall prevention

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Topics covered include Fall Prevention, Outcomes Linked to Falls and Tips to Prevent Falls. The presentation also includes a brief video on the topic from their Chief Scientific Officer, Michael M. Merzenich, PhD. Please click here to view the series and below to view Dr. Merzenich’s video.




Ah, the Memories

Friday, September 17th, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

Enjoy some memorable mental stimulation by checking out SFA’s September 17 entries on “In the News” (which accompanies this newsletter). The two entries of note concern memory fitness. One is a short report on an interesting scientific study, and the other is just for fun as singer-songwriter Tom Rush performs a tune sure to spark your humor neurons!



The “Remember Song” from singer-songwriter Tom Rush takes a light-hearted look at senior moments

Friday, September 17th, 2010

An extremely popular video of the song has been posted to YouTube and has now been viewed well over 4 million times. Please click below to see it.


Men may be more likely that women to have mild cognitive impairment

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Men may be 1-1/2 times more likely that women to have mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN., stated that results from a study of 2,050 people (ages 70 to 89) found that “nearly 14 percent of participants had mild cognitive impairment, about 10 percent had dementia and 76 percent of those tested had normal memory and thinking skills. A total of 19 percent of men had mild cognitive impairment, compared to 14 percent of women.” Click below for a report from ScienceDaily.



Vitamin E has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

In a 6 year Swedish study of 232 participants, all 80 years old or more, those with higher blood levels of vitamin E components had a greatly reduced risk, 45% to 54%, of developing Alzheimer’s. Please click here to see a ScienceDaily report or below for a brief video presentation from HealthDay.



Low levels of the B vitamin, folate, can lead to poor brain function

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Ongoing research by the University of California-San Francisco, in cooperation with the USDA, is intended to discover more about the relationship between B vitamins and brain health. Current results have shown that lower levels of the B vitamin, folate, are “associated with symptoms of dementia and poor brain function.” Women participants with these lower levels also appeared to have a much greater predisposition for symptoms of depression. Click below for a report from USDA/Agricultural Research Service.