cognitive function

Alzheimer’s in women: Could midlife stress play a role?

For reasons as yet unknown, Alzheimer’s disease is more likely to affect women. However, new research sheds light on the potential impact of stress on their cognitive functioning. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Affecting millions of people in the United States, this progressive condition has no proven cause, treatment, or cure. What…

Scientists Identify Protein Linking Exercise to Brain Health

A protein that is increased by endurance exercise has been isolated and given to non-exercising mice, in which it turned on genes that promote brain health and encourage the growth of new nerves involved in learning and memory, report scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. The findings,…

Video game may help aging brain

Zoom! Move that car! Get those road signs! A specially designed video game, called NeuroRacer, isn’t just for fun, although scientists believe that’s one of its key ingredients. Researchers say this game may help enhance certain cognitive abilities in older adults, such as multitasking and attention span.  Results from a…

So-Called Cougars, Sugar Daddies More Myth Than Reality

Despite the popular image of the rich older man or woman supporting an attractive younger spouse, a new study shows those married to younger or older mates have on average lower earnings, lower cognitive abilities, are less educated and less attractive than couples of similar ages. “Hugh Hefner is an…

Should Grandma Join Facebook? It May Give Her a Cognitive Boost, Study Finds

For older adults looking to sharpen their mental abilities, it might be time to log on to Facebook. Preliminary research findings from the University of Arizona suggest that men and women older than 65 who learn to use Facebook could see a boost in cognitive function. Janelle Wohltmann, a graduate…