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InfoAging “Ask the Expert”: Eric Reiman, M.D. on Paths to A Cure for Alzheimer’s

May 22
2015

InfoAging “Ask the Expert”: Eric Reiman, M.D. on Paths to A Cure for Alzheimer’s

AFAR is excited to announce the latest addition to our “Ask the Expert” series on InfoAging.org.  In an exclusive interview, Eric Reiman, M.D., of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and the Arizona Azheimer’s Consortium, weighs in on the paths to a cure for Alzheimer’s. He also shares insights from his collaborative, global research through the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative.  Read the whole feature on InfoAging here.


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Board Member in the News: Norman Relkin on Medical Marijuana Pills as Dementia Treatment

May 15
2015

Board Member in the News: Norman Relkin on Medical Marijuana Pills as Dementia Treatment

On May 13, 2015, Health Day featured commentary by Board Member, Dr. Norman Relkin on a new study showing medical marijuana pills may not be an effective treatment for dementia. A small study found that individuals given medical marijuana pills experienced no better easing of agitation, aggression, and wandering than those given placebo pills.  Considering the this new treatment’s potential, Dr. Relkin stated: “Right now, there are no medications specifically approved for these types of symptoms…the medications we use are all 'borrowed' from the armamentarium for other conditions that are similar to these dementia symptoms." …


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Grantee in the News: Adam Gazzaley Finds Computer Game May Improve Cognitive Function

May 12
2015

Grantee in the News: Adam Gazzaley Finds Computer Game May Improve Cognitive Function

On May 11, 2015, the New York Times featured two-time AFAR Grantee Dr. Adam Gazzaley’s research demonstrating that use of a computer game may help to enhance older adults’ ability to multitask. Dr. Gazzaley and his team found that adults aged 60-85 who were trained on the game NeuroRacer saw improvements in their working memory and in their ability to multitask and maintain sustained attention.  The improvements remained for at least six months. The article cautions readers to look for quality research studies before investing in products that claim to improve aging brain function, but this new…


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Board Member in the News:  S. Jay Olshansky shares insights on living healthier, longer for CBS News

Apr 30
2015

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky shares insights on living healthier, longer for CBS News

On April 30, 2015, CBS News cited Board Member, Dr. S. Jay Olshansky on their story on the habits and outlooks that help people live to 100. The article reported on the results of UnitedHealthcare’s “100@100 survey” in which centenarians identified positive attitude, eating healthy, regular exercise, and keeping busy as habits they attributed to helping them live a long life. Sixty percent of the centenaries reported that even at 100 they did not feel old at all.  According to Dr. Olshansky, “How you feel is a reflection of how your body is operating…People who look…


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AFAR in the News: Scientific Director Steven Austad interview in International Innovations Interview

Apr 27
2015

AFAR in the News: Scientific Director Steven Austad interview in International Innovations Interview

  The April 2015 issue of International Innovations Journal features an interview with AFAR’s Scientific Director, Steven Austad, Ph.D. In the interview, Dr. Austad dispells common myths about aging research, discusses major trends such as geroscience and translational research, and provides an update on his personal research. Download the complete interview as a PDF here or view the entire International Innovations issue here. International Innovations has featured several interviews with AFAR leaders, including  Board President Harvey Jay Cohen, M.D., and Executive Director Stephanie Lederman. Dr. Steven Austad is a Professor in and Chairman of the…


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