Most of us harbor some nagging fears about the onset of dementia. To reduce the risk, you may take proactive steps like upping physical exercise, playing brain games and eating certain foods. But you should also be learning what not to do. There are certain kinds of toxins that you should avoid to protect your brain’s health. These drugs can range from seemingly innocent over-the-counter cold medicines to prescription pain medications. What do they have in common? They block acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter in the body, which is a mechanism that leads to lower brain function. In fact, research has linked these drugs to increased risk of dementia and also to hospitalizations in older adults. They actually are thought to have the opposite effect of medications often used to treat Alzheimer’s, which work to increase acetylcholine. Sometimes, you can’t avoid taking certain drugs, but if’s definitely worth avoiding them if possible. Here are seven common types of anticholinergic drugs. Sedating antihistamines Take heed when you see “diphenhydramine” on the label (brand name Benadryl). Non-sedating antihistamines, containing “loratadine” (brand name Claritin) are much safer for the brain. PM over-the-counter painkillers Most of your favorite OTC painkiller, such as Tylenol and Motrin, …
More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and one-third of American seniors die with the disease or another form of dementia. However, now there is real hope…
Sadly, every year about 140,000 Americans die as a result of a stroke. What’s more, strokes are also the leading cause of serious long-term disability. You’ve likely heard how you can reduce your risk by controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol, losing excess weight, not smoking and getting regular exercise. However, researchers have discovered five other steps that may help reduce the risk of stroke.
What does the White House have to do with promoting brain health? It turns out plenty, as the White House Conference on Aging recently hosted a webinar on Healthy Brains. The hour-long program featured experts from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes on Health and the Administration for Community.
Common wisdom suggests that exercise is essential for a healthy body, but did you know that it could actually lead to a better brain, too? Exercise triggers the growth of new cell mitochondria, important for a healthy brain. If you are still on the fence regarding the benefits of exercise, consider the compelling proof below. Your brain will thank you!
Do you worry about memory loss? Take heart, you’re not alone! Consider these seven simple tips that have been shown effective in dusting away the forgetfulness cobwebs.*
Where did I put the car keys? Why did I come into the kitchen? Memory impairment is something we all encounter, to various degrees, as we age. So, what’s happening to us? Let’s take a closer look at some of the scientific knowledge about the aging brain and memory, including encouraging information from recent research.
Today’s Internet world can provide us with a truly amazing amount of information about virtually any topic. We simply click on a search engine like Google, and we don’t even have to know how to spell our topic of interest. The computer will politely offer us the right word(s). What it can’t do, however, is evaluate the data it presents.