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Grantee in the News: Murali Doraiswamy Comments on Brain Training Methods

Jul 29
2016

Grantee in the News: Murali Doraiswamy Comments on Brain Training Methods

Originally featured in The Wall Street Journal and picked up by other publications including, The Australian Business Review, new results from a ten-year study found that computer brain training exercises focused on speed training beat out memory and reasoning exercises when it comes to preventing dementia.  1996 Beeson Scholar, Murali Doraiswamy, M.B.B.S., commented on the significance of this study for the brain training industry. As the first study to demonstrate that a behavior intervention can reduce the incidence of dementia, Dr. Doraiswamy believes that these results can help add scientific credibility to the brain training field. …


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Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky Earn Prestigious Donald P. Kent Award

Jul 28
2016

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky Earn Prestigious Donald P. Kent Award

Congratulations to AFAR Board Member S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, on being named recipient of The Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) 2016 Donald P. Kent Award (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/tgso-oeg072616.php)! Established in 1973 in memory of Donald P. Kent, PhD, this distinguished honor is given annually to a GSA member who best exemplifies the highest standards for professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpretation of gerontology to the larger society. The award presentation will take place at GSA's 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 16 to 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana.…


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Grantee in the News: NY Times features Kenneth Langa on New Test for Early Dementia Detection

Jul 27
2016

Grantee in the News: NY Times features Kenneth Langa on New Test for Early Dementia Detection

On July 24th, The New York Times featured comments by 2003 Beeson Scholar Kenneth Lango, MD, PhD, on a new questionnaire developed to help detect early signs of dementia. Researchers believe that lasting personality change may be associated with dementia.  Studies have found that patients with mild cognitive decline and signs of significant personality or mood change have a greater chance of developing dementia then patients who exhibit cognitive decline without personality change. Assessing this questionnaire developed to potentially help doctors identify early onset of dementia through personality change, Dr. Lango warns that while this method may led to…


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Grantee in the News: Sofiya Milman Discusses Healthspan in US News and World Reports

Jul 27
2016

Grantee in the News: Sofiya Milman Discusses Healthspan in US News and World Reports

On July 21st, US News and World Reports features 2012 Post-Doctoral Fellow and 2015 Beeson Scholar, Sofiya Milman, MD’s research dispelling the comment misconception about the relationship between very old age and disease, and draws on a research article that she co-authored in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  By looking at data from the Longevity Genes Project (spearheaded by AFAR’s Deputy Scientific Director, Dr. Nir Barzilai) and the New England Centenarian Study, Dr. Milman found that some individuals who are living long do experience lower rates of disease and disability.  She states, &ldquo…


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Grantee in the News: NIA spotlights Duke Han on brain scanning for risk of financial abuse

Jul 21
2016

Grantee in the News: NIA spotlights Duke Han on brain scanning for risk of financial abuse

On July 12, 2016, the National Institute on Aging published an article on the use of brain scans to provide insight into older adults’ loss of financial decision-making skills and potential for financial abuse.  2012 Beeson Scholar and expert on research in the area of correlation between brain measures and impaired decision-making in older adults, S. Duke Han, PhD, offered insight on the topic. As older adults lose at least $2.9 billion a year to scams, fraud, theft, and other misdeeds, elder financial abuse is a widespread issues that scientists have linked to other signs of reduced cognitive ability.  To…


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