A new, non-invasive brain stimulation treatment shows promise in enhancing memories and cognitive function in those with Alzheimer’s disease. Transcranial electromagnetic treatment (TEMT) increases functional connectivity within the cingulate cortex. TEMT is also able to penetrate the brain to break up amyloid-beta and tau deposits, slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Short bouts of aerobic exercise can improve working memory as much as caffeine can. Additionally, exercise can help curb the negative effects of caffeine withdrawal, such as fatigue, headaches, and bad moods.
Targeted transcranial electrical stimulation during short-wave sleep can boost episodic memory by almost 20%.
Women in their 70s and 80s who were exposed to fine particle pollution had declines in memory and physical brain changes that were not seen in women who breathed cleaner air.
Being physically fit may sharpen the memory and lower our risk of dementia, even if we do not start exercising until we are older.
What are the benefits of curcumin, the substance that gives turmeric its bright orange color, for your cognitive health?
Speaking an extra language or two is more than just a cool party trick. It turns out that multilingualism may have a protective effect against dementia, according to data from a recent study out of The University of Waterloo in Canada. It was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in September 2019.
These findings suggest that choline helps to support cognitive processing, and verbal and visual memory.
According to researchers, our brains boast a “consistent molecular architecture”—so why do some people seem to dream almost every night while others claim they rarely or never dream?
For all of these benefits, I hope to see yoga available to more and more of those whose lives are touched by memory disorders. With the baby boomers entering the age bracket that these diseases primarily target, there will be more and more individuals along with their caregivers, who could truly benefit from it.