Changes in Behavior Could Point to Alzheimer's

He said: "While this study did not look at changes in people with dementia, it does show that thinning of a layer of cells in the retina is associated with reduced cognitive performance".

They found that people who worked primarily with other people (instead of with things or data) were less likely to be affected by brain damage indicated by WMHs. Recently, Dr. Doug Brown, director of research and development at Alzheimer's Association made a statement to Mirror about the new findings. The disease affects more than 5 million Americans.

The research presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Toronto is the most conclusive to date that the technique works.

According to the report from Tech Times, experts believe that some conditions, which are considered to be a psychiatric issue or just a mere part of aging, may also be "a stealth symptom" of dementia.

Posit Science and other software companies market many computer games as cognitive training exercises meant to stimulate the brain.

All of these findings relate to a concept called "cognitive reserve", Boots said.

The team tested 284 adults in late middle-age whose brain scans showed changes that have been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's. "I do think we will know more after the paper is reviewed". You can be learning at home by reading. The lesions are the third most-common physical symptom in Alzheimer's.

The researchers likewise tested the participants' memory and problem solving capabilities, and studied the work history of each one.

In one study, researchers administered the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) to 397 older adults (average age of 80 years) without dementia. "The brain is like a muscle. The more you use it, the more it develops, and the more it develops the more it is able to withstand insults and injuries". The participants were sorted into four groups, including a control group, which received no brain training. "Clearly, there are many avenues for someone to provide mentoring outside of the work environment".

In another study, researchers investigated the interplay between diet, intellectual stimulation and brain health. One found that while a "Western" diet (characterized by red and processed meats, white bread, potatoes, pre-packaged foods, and sweets) is associated with cognitive decline, people who ate such food could offset the negative effects and experienced less cognitive decline if they also had a mentally stimulating lifestyle.

Again, the study couldn't prove cause and effect.

During the decade-long follow up period, the ones who received the commercially assessable brain training exercises had 33% less risk of suffering from the neurodegenerative disease during the 10 years in comparison to those who didn't receive any brain training at all.

A third group was given computerized training created to increase the speed at which the brain picks up and processes cues in a person's field of vision. For now, she says, it couldn't hurt to keep your brain sharp by training it, like any other muscle, to take in and process information as effeiciently as possible.

Over the study's 10-year follow-up, 14% of participants in the control group suffered significant cognitive decline or dementia, compared with 11.4% in the memory-strategies training group, 11.7% in the reasoning-strategies training group and 10.5% in the speed-of-processing group.

The new analysis was by Dr. Jerri Edwards of the University of South Florida, whose mentor, Dr. Karlene Ball of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, sold her rights to the program to Posit Science.

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