How Stress Can Affect Caregivers

Between juggling work and a personal life, many Americans who take on the role of family caregiver to older loved ones often experience a great deal of stress.  The cost of healthcare has become more expensive than ever, a fact which has caused more and more adult children to function as de facto caregivers for their aging parents and grandparents. Continue reading

Olympic Athletes Share Brain Training Tips

Athletes not only train their body to achieve physical prowesses but also their mind. Why such mental training? To “tune out distractions, reduce stress and anxiety and build the focus and stamina they need to achieve optimal performance”, as this Huffington Post article tells us.  Continue reading

12 Weeks of Brain Training Enhances Brain Health in Adults

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Brain training can improve performance by physically changing the brain. A recent study observed such changes in adults: only 12 weeks of brain training increased blood flow and enhanced functional and physical communication across brain regions. These changes were related to improved abstract thinking. Continue reading

Physical Fitness Boosts Kids’ Memory

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Being physically fit is among the most relevant factors as far as brain health and performance is concerned. This is true at all ages. A new study further shows the importance of physical fitness in kids, demonstrating its beneficial effects on memory. Continue reading

Join the Most Brain-Friendly Book Discussion

SharpBrains announces what can be expected  to be a very brain-friendly book discussion about the book “The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age”. To make the book as acces­si­ble as pos­si­ble, the e-book edi­tion is avail­able this week for only $2.99 (instead of $9.95). Continue reading

Brain Teasers to Understand and Boost Your Brain

Sharpbrains recently posted a great choice of brain teasers along with explanations by Dr Michelon that allow you to understand which brain functions the teasers challenge and in which daily activities these functions are involved. An fun and interesting way to boost your brain!

Bilingualism Delays Dementia By 4.5 Years

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Being bilingual protects against dementia, delaying its onset. A new study shows that this is true for all types of dementia and interestingly, whether you can read or not. Speaking a second language is what matters and not so much your level of education. Continue reading

A Video Game to Reverse the Effects of Age on Multitasking

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Multitasking happens all the time, whether it is at home, school or work. It is never easy to do several things at once and this doesn’t get easier as we get older. Are there any ways to overcome such difficulties? Training the brain may be one. Playing a video game that train cognitive control seems to reverse the effects of age on multitasking. Continue reading

How to Improve Memory

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Lifelong mental stimulation is linked to better memory in later life. What about using a computerized brain training? Does it work? Is it enough? What else can be done to maintain memory through life? A new study adds evidence to the debate. Continue reading

Anemia Is Linked to Higher Dementia Risks

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Anemia, or low levels of red blood cells, can increase risks of early death in older adults. A new study now shows that it may also increase the risk of developing dementia in people over 70. Continue reading