Tag Archives: Dementia

How Exercise Helps To Prevent Dementia

Countless studies have demonstrated the benefits of physical exercise for preventing cognitive impairment and dementia as we get older. This study explores how brain metabolism is affected by exercise.[1] To get a better understanding of how physical activity positively influences the brain, sports physicians and gerontologists recruited 60 participants between the ages of 65 and… Read More »

Taking a swim in cold water may help protect us against dementia

Swimming in cold water could help to protect the human brain from dementia, a study has suggested. Researchers from the University of Cambridge believe a so-called ‘cold-shock’ protein may hold the key to developing treatments that delay the onset of degenerative conditions. Production of the protein RBM3 appeared to be triggered in mice when their… Read More »

Dick Johnson Is Dead review: A moving tragicomic film about dementia

By Donna Lu Of the many phantasmagorical scenes in Kirsten Johnson’s new documentary, Dick Johnson is Dead, perhaps the most surreal occurs towards the beginning of the film. Kirsten’s father, retired psychiatrist C. Richard “Dick” Johnson, lies in an open casket in the front of a church, his eyes shut. “I think he looks really… Read More »

Sleep test may help diagnose and predict dementia in older adults

Dementia is a growing problem for people as they age, but it often goes undiagnosed. Now investigators at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have discovered and validated a marker of dementia that may help clinicians identify patients who have the condition or are at risk of developing it. The… Read More »

Lots of deep sleep can delay onset of dementia because brain ‘washes itself’

Getting a good night’s sleep can delay the onset of dementia later in life, scientists have discovered. How people slumber can be used as a “crystal ball” to predict if they will be hit by Alzheimer’s disease in the future, according to the researchers. Plenty of deep sleep was found to best delay the onset… Read More »