Tag Archives: Cognitive Activity and Cognitive Decline

Cognitive Reserve: the Benefits of Mentally Challenging Occupations and Bilingualism (Daily Mail / Neurology / CMAJ / Neuropsychology)

Summary Research published in the Neurology journal suggests that having a challenging occupation can potentially halve the rate of decline in memory and thinking capacity in later life, compared to pursuing mentally undemanding work. Workers performing complex jobs (such as … Continue reading

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Bilingualism, Even if Acquired in Adulthood, Beneficial for Brain Ageing (BBC News / Annals of Neurology / Behavioural Neurology)

Summary Further research from the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh has investigated the apparent link between bilingualism and improvements in the rate of cognitive decline. Their latest research indicates that learning a second language … Continue reading

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Systematic Review of Treatments to Prevent Cognitive Decline (CMAJ: Journal of the Canadian Medical Association)

Summary This systematic review examined the best 32 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) investigating treatments for cognitive decline, including drug treatments, hormone therapies, nutritional supplements, physical activity and cognitive exercises. The authors looked comprehensively at pharmacological treatments and non-pharmacological treatments in healthy … Continue reading

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Education and Dementia: the Cognitive Reserve Hypothesis

Summary Cognitive reserve (CR) or brain reserve capacity is a hypothesis about why people with a  higher IQ, education or level of occupational attainment appear to have a lower risk of developing dementia, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or vascular dementia (VaD). … Continue reading

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Cognitive Activity and Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer Disease

[This abstract first appeared in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter RWHT Volume 1 Issue 3 October 2010]. Abstract Mentally stimulating activity in old age appears to compress the cognitive morbidity associated with Alzheimer’s disease by slowing cognitive decline before dementia onset … Continue reading

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