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Monday, March 22, 2010

Boost Your Brain Health

From AARP Magazine

Worried you're losing it? Join the club. But with a few easy changes, you can stay at your sharpest.

Gary Small, M.D., remembers the patient well. An accomplished mathematician in his early 70s, the man consulted Small after struggling with calculations, and after his wife noticed he was getting cranky. Small, director of the UCLA Center on Aging, put the mathematician through a battery of tests—and the man got top scores on all of them, including 30 out of 30 on a memory test and a whopping 140 on his IQ test. So when Small saw the patient's brain scan, he was stunned: it had all the markings of full-blown Alzheimer's disease.

"Usually, people with such profound brain changes can barely carry on a conversation," says Small. "This man was still doing high-level mathematics." Though the case is extreme, it is not unique. In fact, up to 20 percent of people autopsied who had no major memory problems are discovered to have had Alzheimer's, says Yaakov Stern, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Read the entire article.

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1 comment:

  1. Fascinating article. There are so many natural remedies and actions we can take to keep or improve memory. Another piece I read recently about improving memory was on HuffPost about how creative arts activities are a natural theraphy for those with Alzheimer's.


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