A new study reports bilingualism may have a positive effect on brain aging, specifically when it comes to executive function. The findings of this study contradict other research, suggesting bilingualism does have a protective effect against cognitive decline in aging.
Researchers say brain pathways begin to erode in late 40s, but can be repaired through dietary changes
There’s a belief in our society that aging and a decline in health inevitably go hand-in-hand. Thirty-somethings joking about not being unable to tolerate a hangover as well as a decade before or forty-somethings wondering when the heck their bones started aching every morning certainly aren’t imagining things. And then of course there are the ailments that plague older populations, such as dementia and Parkinson’s.
Activating group 2 innate lymphoid cells in aging brains helps improve memory in mice. The findings could help in the development of treatments for neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging.
Paula Harder Harder is Vice-President of Resident Programs at Commonwealth Senior Living based in Charlottesville. She lives at Smith Mountain Lake is also author of a book on caring for those with dementia.
Despite your average Shaggy and Scooby-style stereotypes, researchers believe that cannabis could actually help to sharpen our minds later in life.
Participants with high genetic risk and an unfavorable lifestyle were almost three times more likely to develop dementia versus those with a low genetic risk and favorable lifestyle.
For years, researchers have been trying to determine what makes an aging brain more susceptible to Alzheimer’s. Now they have uncovered a possible connection.
“It’s never too late to start and its never too early either, so if you haven’t started yet, do it now,” Wegner says.
Research suggests that much depends on your lifestyle choices.