U.S. Dementia Rates Are Dropping Even as Population Ages – The New York Times

Despite fears that dementia rates were going to explode as the population grows older and fatter, and has more diabetes and high blood pressure, a large nationally representative survey has found the reverse. Dementia is actually on the wane. And when people do get dementia, they get it at older and older ages.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

Alzheimer’s didn’t cause memory loss for these 90-year-olds – Futurity

Scientists looked at the brains of eight people older than 90 who had superior memories until their deaths. They were surprised to find widespread and dense Alzheimer’s plaques and tangles that were, in some cases, considered full-blown Alzheimer’s pathology.

Read the full article at Futurity.

How to defeat dementia – Nature

Dementia is the fifth-biggest cause of death in high-income countries, but it is the most expensive disease to manage because patients require constant, costly care for years. And yet, research funding for dementia pales in comparison with that for many other diseases.

Experts say that the coming wave can be calmed with the help of just three things: more money for research, better diagnostics and drugs, and a victory — however small — that would boost morale.

Read the full article at Nature.

10/24/2016 – Researchers Take First Steps Toward A Preventative Alzheimer's Pill

A preventative Alzheimer’s pill is the ideal end game for researchers studying the disease from many angles. While we’re not yet close to the goal, new research shows a way that it may be possible, using an approach similar to what has worked for managing other chronic conditions.

Read the full article at Forbes.

10/20/2016 – Do brain-training exercises really work?

A battle has been brewing over whether brain training really works, leaving consumers stuck in the middle, scratching their heads.

Read the full article at CNN.

10/3/2016 – Do “Brain-Training” Programs Work?

How could two teams of scientists examine the same literature and come to conflicting “consensus” views about the effectiveness of brain training?

The disagreement might result from different standards used when evaluating the evidence. To date, the field has lacked a comprehensive review of the brain-training literature, one that examines both the quantity and the quality of the evidence according to a well-defined set of best practices. This article provides such a review.

Read the article at Psychological Science in the Public Interest</em>.

10/3/2016 – The Weak Evidence Behind Brain-Training Games

Seven psychologists reviewed every single scientific paper put forward to support these products—and found them wanting.

Read the full article at The Atlantic.

10/3/2016 – Brain Game Claims Fail A Big Scientific Test

Want to be smarter? More focused? Free of memory problems as you age? If so, don’t count on brain games to help you.

That’s the conclusion of an exhaustive evaluation of the scientific literature on brain training games and programs. It was published Monday in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest.

Read the full article at National Public Radio (NPR).

9/14/2016 – How Technology Will Take Care of My Aging Brain

“Technology holds great promise to prevent aging’s high-octane dramas if we’re willing to surrender some of our autonomy to it before we’re cognitively impaired. It’s now possible to monitor remotely and unobtrusively our driving and financial transactions, monitoring that could allow us to live with the confidence that problems will be detected and necessary interventions will be taken before a problem becomes a drama and that drama becomes a crisis.”

Read the full article at Forbes.

9/13/2016 – A call for intergenerational engagement

Bringing older adults and children together can offer both groups big benefits, a new Stanford report concludes.

“There is growing reason to think that older people may be just the resource children need,” said Laura Carstensen, PhD, who led the report and is the founding director of the Stanford Center for Longevity.

Read the full article at Scope (Stanford School of Medicine blog).