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Dementia: Bird Tales can help dementia patients

Dementia: Bird Tales can help dementia patients | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Are you wondering what is dementia? According to the Mayo Clinic dementia isn't a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting th
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A lovely way to bring some enjoyment into the lives of those who are suffering from Alzheimer's.

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Brain implants: Restoring memory with a microchip

Brain implants: Restoring memory with a microchip | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
William Gibson's popular science fiction tale "Johnny Mnemonic" foresaw sensitive information being carried by microchips in the brain by 2021. A team of American neuroscientists could be making this fantasy world a reality.
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Amazing study... fact or fiction? What do you thinkK?

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Our view: Dementia a threat to nation's health, finances

Our view: Dementia a threat to nation's health, finances | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
 The United States and, undoubtedly, other developed nations, too, are facing a crisis that is cruelly inevitable, unaffordable and, further, not one we can do much about — at least yet.
 
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And yet another reason to practice brain training and help ward off dementia!

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May-Britt and Edvard Moser Explore the Brain’s GPS

May-Britt and Edvard Moser Explore the Brain’s GPS | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
May-Britt and Edvard I. Moser are exploring the way the brain records and remembers movement in space, which they speculate may be the basis of all memory.
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Researchers find out why some stress is good for you

Researchers find out why some stress is good for you | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Chronic stress is known to cause major health problems, yet acute stress is thought to improve people's performance and health. A new study by UC Berkeley professor Daniela Kaufer shows why that is.
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Caffeine Profile: How Caffeine Affects Your Brain

Caffeine Profile: How Caffeine Affects Your Brain | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Caffeine is surrounded by controversy because it seems to have health benefits as well as risks. But do you know how caffeine actually affects your brain? You should
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Why coffee is good for the brain ( in moderation of course!)

 

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Brains as Clear as Jell-O for Scientists to Explore

Brains as Clear as Jell-O for Scientists to Explore | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Researchers said they had made a mouse brain and part of a human brain transparent so that networks of neurons could be examined intact.
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Fascinating new research from the scientists at Stanford.

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Use it or lose it: Molecular mechanism for why a stimulating environment protects against Alzheimer's disease

Use it or lose it: Molecular mechanism for why a stimulating environment protects against Alzheimer's disease | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Researchers provide specific pre-clinical scientific evidence supporting the concept that prolonged and intensive stimulation by an enriched environment, especially regular exposure to new activities, may have beneficial effects in delaying one of...
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More research showing that an enriched environment can lead to stronger cognition. This strengthens my idea that seniors living in CCRC's who have the possiblity to engage in various activities and with other people, will stay cognitively in shape for longer. I have witnessed this in my brain training courses, for people of all ages.

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Healthy Diets Equal Healthy Brains

Healthy Diets Equal Healthy Brains | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
A healthy diet is your most powerful path to a healthy brain.
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And the good news is that most of the food that is good for our brains actually tastes good too!

 

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Bringing a Virtual Brain to Life

Bringing a Virtual Brain to Life | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
With the Human Brain Project, Henry Markram and his team in Lausanne, Switzerland, are trying to bring together scientists worldwide to create a “virtual copy of the human brain.”
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Do you think it is really possible to create a virtual brain when there is still so much we don't know about it? Henry Markram is convinced that we can.

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Pamela Letterman's comment, March 20, 2013 12:47 PM
Yes, it is possible and more importantly, just imagine what can be discovered in the process.
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Football codes challenged to join dementia fight - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Football codes challenged to join dementia fight - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's Australia is putting pressure on the nation's football codes to do more research about concussion and the long-term impact on players.
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Do head injuries contribute to an early onset of dementia?

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Mediterranean diet and reduced calorie intake promote brain health and longevity

Mediterranean diet and reduced calorie intake promote brain health and longevity | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Mediterranean diet and reduced calorie intake promote brain health and longevity
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Eat less, live longer and stay wiser!

 

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Baby boomers and "Boomeritis": How to avoid exercising injuries - CBS News

Baby boomers and "Boomeritis": How to avoid exercising injuries - CBS News | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Baby boomers and "Boomeritis": How to avoid exercising injuries
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It's a result of the mentality boomers have about exercise, Dr.

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Obesity In Middle-Age Could Lead To Dementia - Huffington Post UK

Obesity In Middle-Age Could Lead To Dementia - Huffington Post UK | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
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Obesity In Middle-Age Could Lead To Dementia
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Rising levels of obesity in middle age could cause a major rise in the number of dementia sufferers, researchers have warned.
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What a great incentive to lose weight! Find a diet that works for you and add some exercise that you enjoy. My favorite is a healing dance form called NIA...www.nianow.com

You can work your body, your mind and also tone up and slim down!

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A Focus on Distraction

A Focus on Distraction | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Does distraction matter — do interruptions make us dumber?
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We are not multi-taskers but apparently according to this study we can train ourselves to focus and concentrate better when we expect interruptions!

 

 

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Mediterranean Diet Might Help Stave Off Dementia

Mediterranean Diet Might Help Stave Off Dementia | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
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This new study indicates that eating the right foods, exercising the body AND the mind seem to be the best combination to ward of Alzheimer's.

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The Brain: Our Food-Traffic Controller

The Brain: Our Food-Traffic Controller | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Understanding how the brain responds to sweets may be our best hope for controlling obesity.
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Brain Exercises Better than Drugs in Preventing Cognitive Decline | TIME.com

Brain Exercises Better than Drugs in Preventing Cognitive Decline | TIME.com | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
With an aging population, rates of dementia will only climb, yet doctors have few effective strategies for addressing the worst symptoms.
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We believe that getting doing mental exercises while interacting with others will have a very positive effect on cognitive decline.

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Change Your Diet to Boost Your Brain and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease : Living Green Magazine

Change Your Diet to Boost Your Brain and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease : Living Green Magazine | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
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Enjoy your chocolate and wine while boosting your brain power and warding off dementia.

Although this study doesn't mention it, some researchers suggest a couple of cups of coffee every day as well.

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» New Method to Identify Cognitive Decline Earlier Shows Promise - Psych Central News

» New Method to Identify Cognitive Decline Earlier Shows Promise   - Psych Central News | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles have paired a brain-imaging tool and stroke risk assessment to identify signs of cognitive decline early
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The Brain Can Be Trained to Hear Better

The Brain Can Be Trained to Hear Better | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Forget hearing aids: Using a brain training program for 40h over 8 weeks can help the brain improve its ability to distinguish speech from a noisy background.
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As a cognitive fitness trainer, one of the biggest challenges I have in assisted living facilities is being sure that people can hear what is being said. If brain training can have a positive effect on hearing I believe the quality of people's lives could be greatly improved. One thing is sure: if you can't hear something, you will not remember it.

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Does Chewing Gum Give Your Brain an Edge?

Does Chewing Gum Give Your Brain an Edge? | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
That wad of gum you're chewing may be more than a breath-freshener -- it might also boost your powers of concentration, a small new study suggests. According to British investigators, prior researc...
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Just make sure it is sugarless!

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The Scary Link Between Binge Drinking and Dementia | Health & Healing | Bottomline Publications

The Scary Link Between Binge Drinking and Dementia | Health & Healing | Bottomline Publications | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Quiz: What group of people binge drinks most frequently?I’ll bet that many readers would answer, “Beer-swilling college kids.” But they’d be wrong.
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A glass of wine everyday is fine, in fact it is good for you! However watch out for binge drinking, especially among seniors.

 

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Pamela Letterman's comment, March 28, 2013 1:52 PM
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is also caused by the assault of alcohol on the fetus, by drinking a large amount of alcohol over a short period of time.
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How reading Jane Austen stimulates your brain

How reading Jane Austen stimulates your brain | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
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Can reading really stimulate the brain? A new study suggests that it can.

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67 Ways to Be Healthier in a Minute or Less! | Rodale News

67 Ways to Be Healthier in a Minute or Less! | Rodale News | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Healthy living tip #1: It only takes 60 seconds to prolong your life.
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Choose one or two of these easy tips and get healthier!

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