Category Archives: Healthy Aging

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

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

Cognitive Abilities That Improve with Age

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Do you think that cognitive decline has to accompany aging? That older brains need help when time to make a decision comes? You may need to think again. This Huffington Post article reports that some of the abilities related to decision making (e.g., strategic learning and consistency) do not decline between 50 and 70 and others may even increase(e.g., being conscientious and vigilant when making a decision).

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10h of Brain Training Keep You Sharp for A Year

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Computerized brain training is more powerful than crossword puzzles to optimize brain functions. A new study showed that 10h of playing a game that trains one’s thinking speed successfully improved players’ performance in many tasks, while crossword puzzles had no effect. Continue reading

How to Optimize Brain Health at Any Age

Modern life places extraordinary demands on our brains. Whether your goal is to become more resilient, enhance memory, ward off Alzheimer’s disease, or simply improve mental focus to perform better at work, this how-to guide shows you exactly how to “use it or lose it.” Continue reading

Lifelong Exercise Boosts Memory at 50

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Physical exercise is key to fight many health problems, such as cardiovascular diseases. In the recent years it has also been shown to help fight against cognitive decline. A new study shows that lifelong exercise, starting as early as 11, contributes to better mental functions in mid-adulthood. Continue reading

Learn How to Max Your Memory

Do you sometimes forget names? Are you in search of ways to improve your brain performance? Join Dr. Pascale Michelon, director of the Memory Practice, adjunct faculty at Washington University, and author of Max Your Memory for an informative and stimulating event. Hear about the latest research facts and techniques that can help you clear the brain fog and sharpen your memory. Continue reading

Meditation Lowers Risks of Stroke and Heart Attack

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Meditation is known to help lower stress levels and boost attentional focus. A new study shows that meditation (added to usual medical care) can also impact cardiovascular health: Participants in a transcendental meditation program saw their risks of heart attack and stroke go down by 48%. Continue reading

Exercise to Slow Down Aging

By Dr. Christopher Thomas

Most adults do not get enough physical exercise. Sedentary adults see their risks of disease increase as much as smokers do. Regular exercise is key to a better health and quality of life: It can indeed increase life span by 3 to 5 years. Importantly, the benefits one may get from a healthy diet and good stress management may be lost without regular physical activity as well. Here is how exercise helps us live better: Continue reading

Physical Activity Boosts Memory, Immediatly

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

It has become quite clear that physical exercise is an essential part of a brain-healthy lifestyle. Over the long term it helps both preserve the volume of gray matter in the brain and maintain cognitive functions.  A recently published study goes further and shows for the first time that physical activity can have immediate positive effects on memory. Continue reading