Growing Older and Cognition: Your Mileage May Vary

What does current science have to offer in the way of advice on staying mentally sharp as you grow older? General guidelines and useful tips, with expectations of more to come—someday.

“Some things seem to work; exactly what doses, what combinations, and how they should be applied, is unclear,” said Marie Bernard, deputy director at the National Institute on Aging, during a forum at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.

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From left: Sevil Yasar, Marilyn S. Albert, and Marie Bernard at AAAS on Wednesday

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Successful Aging & Your Brain at NYU

The Dana Foundation’s Successful Aging & Your Brain (formerly “Staying Sharp”) initiative partnered with New York University to host a Community Brain Fair yesterday as part of Brain Awareness Week (BAW).  This week highlights the global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research through programs and events happening all over the world. The free panel discussion and brain fair, held at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, included exhibits for kids and information on how the brain works.

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Get Ready for Brain Awareness Week 2016!

BAW2016Logo_withdateThe Brain Awareness Week (BAW) 2016 website has officially launched! Gearing up for BAW 2016, March 14-20, US partners can now order free publications and materials and international partners can access several new and spiffy downloadable materials (some available in multiple languages).

This year, our new Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain booklet debuts as a more condensed and updated version of the previous three Staying Sharp booklets. It answers questions such as “How do learning and memory change with age?”, and “When is memory loss a sign of dementia?”, and delves into topics such as memory formation, neuroplasticity, and living a brain-healthy lifestyle.

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Dana News E-Blast: August

Here are some stories recently posted on www.dana.org:

The Holy Grail of Psychiatry

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by Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD

In 2013, a group led by Helen Mayberg published a groundbreaking paper that sought an answer to one of the most discussed conundrums in psychiatry: Can specific patterns of brain activity indicate how a depressed person will respond to treatment? Our author examines the findings and their potential impact on treatment for a public health problem that affects millions of people worldwide. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.

Study of Alpha Synuclein ‘Strains’ Deepens Understanding of Parkinson’s and Related Diseases

Findings also hint that “synucleinopathies” may in rare cases be contagious.

ALS: A Mystery Almost Solved?

Scientists seem to be zeroing in on the once-elusive mechanisms of ALS, and are starting to design and test therapies that target those mechanisms. One of our series of Briefing Papers.

Clue to Brain Regeneration Discovered in Certain Lab Mice

Finding hints at future treatment strategy for traumatic brain injury, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.

Axons Help New Neurons Travel During Development

Recent research provides strong evidence that pollutants cause harms, and suggests underlying pathways and mechanisms.

stayingsharpbookStaying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

When is memory loss a sign of dementia? What actions can be taken to help maintain brain health? Our new, free booklet gives answers to these and other memory-oriented questions in easy-to-understand language. (link is direct to PDF)

From the Archives: Reducing Risks of Alzheimer’s

This year’s World Alzheimer Report is out, and plenty about it is scary. In 35 years, the number of people worldwide living with dementia will be around 131.5 million, up from today’s 46 million, writes Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), which produces the report.

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