Generations

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer

A Decade of MindAlert Award Winners
2001The Adult Activities Center Adult Day Services of Orange County (ADSOC)Huntington Beach, Calif.Alzheimer's Family Services Center (AFSC) is a private nonprofit organization offering comprehensive care, support, education, and outreach services for...
Brain Health and Online Gaming
Now there is a world of 'serious' play-interactive games that are good for you and your brain. Brain fitness games with a foundation in science offer a varied, complex workout across different brain areas and aim to increase brain reserve, which is widely...
Brain Health: Bridging Neuroscience to Consumer Application
The study of the human brain is growing more sophisticated with the advent of more advanced neuroimaging technologies. This development- colliding with the aging of the baby boomers- is driving the evolution of a new area of study and practice: brain...
Charting Late-Life Affective Disorders
Good assessment tools may eventually lead to prevention strategies for depression and anxiety in older adults.For some, aging is associated with chronic medical conditions, disability, affective disorders, and social isolation. Affective disorders, including...
Cognitive Changes in Healthy Older Adults
Human cognition alters naturally over time, affecting memory, executive function, processing speed, and language. Research helps reveal why these changes occur-and can point to strategies for maintaining healthy cognitive skills across the lifespan.Cognitive...
Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: What We Know Now
Small delays in onset of Alzheimer's Disease are predicted to reduce its global burden, but we need to better understand factors that increase the risk-and methods to reduce it.The clinical syndrome of dementia refers to a pattern of cognitive deficits...
Good for the Heart, Good for the Soul: The Creative Arts and Brain Health in Later Life
The human brain supports-perhaps thrives on- creative activity and certain types of creative challenges-ones that may foster repair and growth of brain structures and their attendant behaviors.Any artist who has had the opportunity to do creative arts...
Healthy Body Equals Healthy Mind
Adopting a physically active lifestyle early on may be the best way to prevent brain decay.The number of adults older than sixty-five is expected to increase dramatically as baby boomers age. Unfortunately, this trend is also expected to increase the...
Mental Stimulation and Brain Health: Complex, Challenging Activities Can Support Cognitive Health in Older Adults
Observational and interventional studies are investigating the effects of mental stimulation on cognitive function, and the results are promising.There are wide individual differences in late-life trajectories of change in cognitive function. Cognition...
People Do Need People: Social Interaction Boosts Brain Health in Older Age
Research shows that people with regular social ties demonstrate significantly less cognitive decline when compared to those who are lonely or isolated. Some researchers believe that socialization boosts brain reserve, and is an essential component of...
Revelations from the New England Centenarian Study: Research on the Oldest Old May Help Unravel the Mysteries of Alzheimer's and Other Dementias
The study collected medical histories and reviewed medical records, and discovered that among those with dementia at ages 100 or older, the subjects still markedly delayed the onset of dementia relative to the average age of onset- particularly of late...
Spirituality and the Aging Brain
Evidence suggests that meditation, prayer, and other related religious and spiritual practices may have significant effects on the aging brain-positive effects that may help improve memory and cognition, mood, and overall mental health.In the past thirty...
The Business and Ethics of the Brain Fitness Boom
The recent discovery that experience can change brain structure and function at any age has sparked numerous health, education, and productivity applications whose value and limitations we are only starting to grasp.Brain fitness has quickly become a...
The Human Brain: A Most Wondrous and Mysterious Frontier
Amid the twenty-first century's fast-moving, high-tech times, our world is shrinking: a quick click of a mouse can connect us instantly with people and cultures across the globe. Our information- rich age, spiced with the splendor and squalor of the...
The MindAlert Program, Ten Years On
Celebrating more than a decade of innovations for preserving healthy mindsHelen sits with her father, George, listening to yet another retelling of his World War II experience as a Marine, fighting alongside his twin brother. But this telling is different....
The Techno-Brain
How does the human mind respond physiologically to our interruption-rich world?Distraction is now a constant feature of our personal surroundings. The proliferation of mobile devices supporting multiple types of media delivery means there are always...
Your Brain on Food: A Nutrient-Rich Diet Can Protect Cognitive Health
As long suspected, the relative abundance of specific nutrients can affect cognitive processes and emotions, and studies confirm that brain health relies on many factors, including nutrients from everyday diet.Although food has been classically perceived...