Tag Archives: Cognitive Performance

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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Aerobic Exercise for Improvement / Preservation of Cognitive Function? (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews)

Summary It is widely believed that physical activity supports healthy ageing and helps to prevent cognitive decline, perhaps as a result of improving cardio-respiratory fitness. This systematic review examined the evidence concerning any beneficial influence(s) of aerobic exercise in improving … Continue reading

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Brief Visual Processing Test for Assessment of Cognitive Decline? (BBC News / Current Biology)

Summary Age-related decline in the ability to “take in” lot of information at a glance appears to be associated with people’s cognitive decline more generally, so could (one day, potentially) be a quick and cheap method of assessing mild cognitive … 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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NICE Eyes on Evidence: Cumulative Index 2013 (NICE Evidence)

Summary The NICE Evidence‘s Eyes on Evidence service covers significant new evidence across a range of topics. Here is an alphabetical list of the items, which have appeared so far this year, of broad interest to readers of this information … Continue reading

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Review of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) in Care Homes (BMC Geriatrics)

Summary This review attempts to map the literature generated from research in care homes. The authors performed a systematic mapping review, looking specifically into the evidence-base from randomised controlled trials conducted in care homes. Of the 291 articles reviewed in full, most … Continue reading

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