Category Archives: Brain Health

The Right Amount of Sleep for a Healthy Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

We have all experienced the impact of a short night’s sleep on our brain the day after. Similarly, a disrupted sleep pattern is one of the factors that affect cognitive functions as we age. But is it sleep duration or quality that matters? And how many hours of sleep does one need to function optimally after 50? Continue reading

Early Fitness Predicts Better Memory in Middle-Age

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

At 50, some people have a better memory than others and experience less cognitive fog. Lifestyle factors may play a role in this variability. Specifically, physical fitness at 25 could predict memory performance in middle-age: the fitter, the better the memory. Continue reading

Larry King Talks about The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

To watch the pro­gram, click HERE (in the US) or HERE (out­side the US). It will open a 28-min video, with Larry King inter­view­ing Dr. Gary Small, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of SharpBrains and co-author of The Sharpbrains Guide to Brain Fitness along with Dr. Goldberg and Dr. Pascale Michelon. Continue reading

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

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

Discussion Guide to Talk About Your Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Enjoy here the discussion guide now available for the recently released  ”The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness”. What bet­ter way to stim­u­late our minds than to explore and dis­cuss the lat­est brain sci­ence and how to apply it to improve our health and our lives? Continue reading

The Best Activity To Keep Your Brain Sharp

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

That one should be mentally active to keep the brain sharp is well-known. What activities are best to reach that purpose is not as clear. Lifelong reading, writing, playing board games, and attending classes are generally thought to be good brain stimulating activities but very few studies have looked at other activities or tried to compare them. Until now, at The Synapse Center.

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Top Quotes and Free Chapter From The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

SharpBrainsGuide_3D_compressedI share the surprise and pleasure of my co-author Alvaro Fernandez at seeing what people find most inter­est­ing and note­wor­thy when reading our book. Discover here the 5 Most High­lighted Quotes in The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age. Continue reading