Older adults who spend their free time embarking on intellectually stimulating activities, such as reading, writing, or making crafts, have a 23% lower risk of developing dementia. Additionally, those who exercise and spend time socializing with family or friends also have a significantly decreased risk of dementia.
Researchers identify the sleep mechanism which enables the brain to consolidate emotional memory. Additionally, they discovered a popular sleep medication heightens the response to and recollection of negative memories.
A new study reports the locus coeruleus, an area of the brain essential for maintaining cognitive function, is vulnerable to toxins and infections. This brain area appears to be the first place affected by late onset Alzheimer's.