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Continuing to engage in mental challenges keeps the brain from deteriorating in early retirement. Westend61/Getty Images

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

A study of a retirement program in China found that people who retired early suffered significant cognitive decline that put them at risk of early onset of dementia.
More than half of patients with dementia also suffer from depression. If the depression remains untreated, the associated memory and cognitive problems worsen. Conversely, a significant history of depression seems to be a risk factor for dementia. (Pixabay)

Depression and dementia in the age of COVID-19: Two sides, one coin

Dementia and depression are two diagnoses that rob older adults of health and happiness. Despite their obvious differences, it is becoming ever more apparent that the two conditions are connected.
In healthy older people, loneliness has a pattern of stress response similar to that of people who are under chronic stress. Justin Paget via Getty Images

The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults

The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.
You might just be getting better at the game you’re practicing. Malcolm Lightbody/Unsplash

Are brain games mostly BS?

There are reasons to be skeptical, of both the quality of the evidence presented so far and the questionable assumptions that underlie claims of improved cognitive function after brain training.
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II at a horse show in 2018. On Jan. 17, 2019, Prince Philip crashed his Land Rover into another vehicle. 22/KGC-178-STAR MAX/IPx 2018/AP Photo

How old is too old to drive?

Britain's Prince Philip recently announced he will stop driving, in the aftermath of a crash he caused after being blinded by sunlight. The crash raises a question: When should people stop driving?
Challenging and training your brain is important to prevent dementia risk. Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash

Six things you can do to reduce your risk of dementia

Although we can’t change our age or genetic profile, there are fortunately several lifestyle changes we can make that will reduce our dementia risk.
Doctors’ visits can be overwhelming for older people. Syda Productions/Shutterstock.com

5 questions to ask your aging parents’ doctors

More than 47 million people age 65 and older live in the US, and many need help accessing health care. Here are some questions that grown children should ask their parents' doctors.

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