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Can we keep our brains fit?

8232As we grow older, we often become concerned about our memory. Dr. Ramin Motarjemi, Assistant Professor of Medicine and geriatrician at UCSD, discusses ways we can keep our brains sharp through all phases of life.

He recommends:

  • Managing your medical conditions and chronic diseases
  • Maintaining higher levels of physical and mental activity as well as social interaction

    He also looks at the current research on the effectiveness of:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Taking vitamins and supplements
  • Using certain medications
  • Consuming alcohol (such as red wine)

    To learn more, including the warning signs of dementia, watch How to Keep Your Brain Fit, Boost Your Memory and Fight Dementia.

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  • Maximize your Memory with Brain Games

    Do you have trouble remembering people’s names? Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car?

    Dr. Kate Possin, assistant professor of neuropsychology at UCSF, says that those are actually specific memory problems that are linked with different circuits or memory systems in the brain. In this video, watch her use different memory tests to reveal the difference between types of memory, like long term memory and working memory.

    If you answered yes to those first two questions, be sure to check out the brain games that can help you maximize the use of your memory.

    Then, Dr.Winston Chiong, Neurology fellow at UCSF, discusses the link between the perception of oneself and memory, how neuroscience could help answer the existential question “what is the self?”

    For more information from top neurology experts, see the other videos in the Multidimensional Mind series.

     

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    Sleep On This: Connecting Sleep Habits to Health

    Slide from “How is Sleep Related to Obesity? Sleep and Weight Gain,” available on UCTV (click image to go to the program)

    Sleep deprivation takes a huge toll on society, and not just because it makes for a cranky population. Poor sleep has been linked to a range of health problems and researchers at the University of California and elsewhere are working to better understand how sleep — or lack of it — impacts our brains and bodies.

    Two new UCTV programs highlight sleep research on specific segments of the population: women and older people.

    UCTV Prime’s “Sleep, Memory and Age” shows how scientists at UC Berkeley have found a link between poor sleep and the hallmark maladies of old age: memory loss and brain deterioration. Their discovery opens the door to boosting the quality of sleep in elderly people to improve memory.

    In Women and Sleep: From Stressful to Restful,” UCSF School of Nursing’s Kathryn Lee explores sleep, fatigue, and circadian rhythms in women.

    There are plenty more intriguing sleep research updates from UCTV, which you can browse here. You might also be interested in “Sleep, Stress and Obesity: A Weighty Issue,” a five-part series from UCSF’s Center for Obesity, Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST), which examines this three-pronged problem from a variety of interesting angles, including how sleep and stress impact our metabolism and brain function, why adequate sleep and stress reduction may be the 21st century pillars of health, and how sleep and stress may explain disparities in obesity risk.

    Get in your jammies, grab a warm glass of milk and gain a whole new understanding of of the importance of a good night’s sleep.

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    Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life

    Someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds. Is there a way to keep this disease at bay?

    Dr. Gary Small, a professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, suggests there may be.

    In “Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life,” Dr. Small examines the connection between lifestyle choices and susceptibility and offers physical and mental preventative strategies, including stress relief and cross-training your brain.

    Get a jump on your brain betterment by watching it now online.

    Also make sure to watch UCTV Prime’s original web series, “Heartache & Hope: America’s Alzheimer’s Epidemic,” featuring Dr. Small and his UCLA colleagues who’ve made some promising strides in their Alzheimer’s research.

    Want more healthy aging help? Check out the other programs from UC San Diego’s Stein Institute for Research on Aging at our website.

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