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Can Improving Hearing Impact Cognitive Health?

A slow loss of hearing ability is generally viewed as a normal and accepted part of aging. It is an unfortunate reality many of us will face as we get older. About two-thirds of Americans experience some hearing loss by the time they reach their 70s. It is perceived to be so inevitable that many do not seek any treatment or remedy for hearing loss. In fact, less than 15-20 percent of people diagnosed with hearing loss even use hearing aids. However, research is now increasingly pointing to li...
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Caring for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

It is no secret that the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to rise along with the growing population of seniors. There are currently an estimated 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, a number expected to reach over 13 million by 2050. With more individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, there will also be increasing need for care. Discussions about Alzheimer’s disease usually focus on patients and their symptoms. But as the populat...
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Can Mild Exercise Delay Cognitive Decline?

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health recently found in a study that mild exercise, in the form of walking for 30 minutes four times per week, resulted in detectable changes in brain regions believed to be related to cognitive impairment. All study participants engaged in the same walking program for the three-month study. One group of participants was comprised of healthy elders, while a second group consisted of elders with mild cognitive impairment. Individuals in...
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Alzheimer’s and Animal-Assisted Therapy

Alzheimer’s and Animal-Assisted Therapy Anyone who owns a pet knows the value of that relationship.  Pets offer companionship and love, and even lower blood pressure and heart rate.  Increasingly, there are many studies that show how important the person-animal relationship can be for people living with Alzheimer’s. When Alzheimer’s patients spend time with animals (dogs, cats, fish, birds) through Animal-Assisted Therapy, there is a significant improvement in their quality of life.  Studies ...
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Your Brain: Use It or Lose It

It might make intuitive sense that the more you use your brain – engaging in activities like problem-solving and complex learning – the better it will continue to function as you age. We tend to think of exercising the brain in the same way as physical exercise: the less physically or mentally active you are, the more strength and ability is lost. In other words: use it or lose it. This idea, long regarded as simple common sense, may now have been verified by science. Researchers at Iowa State ...
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