HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Mental declines can be reversed - report shows

As we get beyond retirement age, most of us will not be as mentally sharp as we once were. But a researcher at the University of Alberta says most people have the ability to reverse the mental declines that come with aging.

"Can we reverse mental declines? Well, for most of us, the answer is yes, and I think that is definitely exciting and encouraging news," said Dr. Dennis Foth, a professor in the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension and the academic director of the U of A's Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education.

Foth and his research colleague, Dr. Gordon Thompson of the University of Saskatchewan, also found in their literature review that mental declines related to aging are not universal (they affect some more than others), and they are not pervasive (the declines normally affect different parts of our cognitive capacities to varying degrees).

Foth said mental declines are pathological for about 10 per cent of the general population over the age of 65, and not much can be done at this time to overcome the debilitating cognitive effects of diseases that affect the brain, such as Alzheimer's disease. But for the other 90 per cent of the population, cognitive decline need not be inevitable.

"A lifetime of good mental habits pays off," Foth said. "People who are curious at a young age are more likely to be mentally active and stay active as they age. And we found it is never too late to start. With a little effort, even people in their 70s and 80s can see dramatic improvements in their cognitive skills."

There are many different types of classes and mental exercises that people can do to keep their minds vibrant, Foth said, but the trick to getting more people to maintain or even improve their cognitive abilities is "ecological validity".

Ecologically valid activities are those that people do on regular basis as part of their daily lives, said Foth, whose paper with Thompson is published this month
'"/>

Contact: Ryan Smith
ryan.smith@ualberta.ca
780-492-0436
University of Alberta
15-Sep-2005


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New National Institute of Mental Health research program launches autism trials
2. Mental stimulation through play has beneficial effect on children with stunted growth
3. Mental retardation cause may include cell miscommunication
4. Study warns climate change and deforestation will lead to declines in global bird diversity
5. Recent declines in breast cancer mortality greatest in women under 70
6. Power-boosting signal in muscle declines with age
7. Americans support for embryonic stem cell research declines, VCU Life Sciences survey shows
8. Amphibian declines, disease ecology, biodiversity are highlighted at conference
9. Consumption of risky foods declines
10. Reduced fish stocks linked to increased bushmeat trade, wildlife declines in W. Africa
11. Fungus knocks a frog down but not out, raising questions about amphibian declines

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 30, 2020 , ... BioFactura, Inc. ... awarded by the Joint Science & Technology Office—Chemical and Biological Defense (JSTO-CBD) of ... optimize, and scale-up a highly efficient mammalian cell culture-based bioprocess suitable to meet ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 16, 2020 , ... A ... of the Invictus Medical Neoasis™ active noise control device to attenuate typical noises ... the Neoasis™ device attenuated the alarm sounds from patient monitors, ventilators and other ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Today CJ BIO announced the first in a series of ... taste” phenomenon that is revolutionizing ingredient mixes, nutritional content and flavor profiles across a ... July 13, 2020 at11:00 AM (CDT) during SHIFT20, the virtual edition of the IFT ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2020)... N.J (PRWEB) , ... July 29, 2020 , ... ... company, and Catalent, the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies, development, and ... today announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership whereby Catalent will ...
(Date:7/22/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... July 22, 2020 , ... Join experts ... John Lorenc, Sr. Manager Regulatory Solutions, in a one hour live webinar ... the regulating body in China for drugs and medical devices. Specifically, for medical devices, ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 17, 2020 , ... dicentra ... life sciences and food industries, is pleased to announce that Charles Galea has ... Business Development. , Charles is an accomplished and results-driven sales executive with over ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... July 09, 2020 , ... Sentien Biotechnologies, Inc., a clinical-stage ... Allen R. Nissenson, M.D., F.A.C.P., as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Nissenson ... product, SBI-101. Dr. Nissenson serves as an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: