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The Right Dose of Exercise for the Aging Brain

The Right Dose of Exercise for the Aging Brain by Gretchen Reynolds, The New York Times, August 12, 2015 A brisk walk may be all it takes to help improve our ability to think as we age, but more may not be better, according to a new study of exercise and cognition.

Exercise to Age Well, Whatever Your Age

Exercise to Age Well, Whatever Your Age by Gretchen Reynolds, The New York Times, January 29, 2014 This author points out that the February issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine published a study which confirmed that middle aged adults who have never exercised before and who begin to exercise in middle age have […]

The Older Mind May Just Be a Fuller Mind

The Older Mind May Just Be a Fuller Mind by Benedict Carey, The New York Times, January 27, 2014 An article in Topics in Cognitive Science challenges the notion of cognitive decline with aging. It may be that older people are storing more information from their experience and accumulated knowledge so they remember less from […]

When the Grandchildren Grow Older, and Closer

When the Grandchildren Grow Older, and Closer by Paula Span, The New York Times, August 15, 2013 Close relationships with adult grandchildren are linked to fewer symptoms of depression in grandparents, new research finds.

Aging in Brain Found to Hurt Sleep Needed for Memory

Aging in Brain Found to Hurt Sleep Needed for Memory by Benedict Carey, January 27, 2013, New York Times A report in Nature Neuroscience suggests that natural physical changes interfere with quality slumber, blunting the ability to remember new information for the long term.

Staying Independent in Old Age, With a Little Help

Staying Independent in Old Age, With a Little Help by Jane E. Brody December 24, 2012 The New York Times Many older people need outside help long before they require round-the-clock care. Many assistance and housing alternatives have rapidly sprung up to meet this demand.

In the Middle: Why Elderly Couples Fight

In the Middle: Why Elderly Couples Fight by Susan Seliger December 17, 2012 New York Times Degenerative relationships are not uncommon among the elderly in even the happiest marriages. Both mental and physical changes feed the discord, marriage therapists and geriatricians say.

How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain

How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain by Gretchen Reynolds New York Times April 18, 2012 A mouse that runs all the time is smarter than one that doesn’t. Probably true for people, too…. Why would exercise build brainpower in ways that thinking might not? The brain, like all muscles and organs, is a […]

When Lapses Are Not Just Signs of Aging

When Lapses Are Not Just Signs of Aging by Jane E. Brody NY Times, September 5, 2011 … for millions of Americans with a neurological condition called mild cognitive impairment, lapses in word-finding and name recall are often common, along with other challenges like remembering appointments, difficulty paying bills or losing one’s train of thought […]

Insights Give Hope for New Attack on Alzheimer’s

Insights Give Hope for New Attack on Alzheimer’s by Gina Kolata, December 13, 2010 New York Times But now, a surprising new study has found that that …most people with Alzheimer’s seem to make perfectly normal amounts of amyloid. They just can’t get rid of it. It’s like an overflowing sink caused by a clogged […]