5.26.2006

Gary Small of the Semel Institute Argues for Lifestyle Changes to Fight Alzheimer's
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Gary Small, Professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience at UCLA, argues that Lifestyle Changes May Improve Cognitive Function And Brain Efficiency

Couple this with the recent Alzheimer's and Dementia article by Dr. Ashford and Stanford colleagues, Wes formerly of UCLA, on cognitive screening and the suggestion that we are at the cusp of a new age of being able to identify impairments earlier AND

the work of people like Mike Weiner at UCSF/UC Berkeley who is heading up an ambitious and rigorous effort to be able identify the earliest cases of Alzheimer's with MRI and we have the beginnings of a California gold rush in cognitive science, and, humbly, this website which is signing up people from all over the world left and right.

It's a wonderful time to be working in the field. If you want to hear more about Dr. Weiner's work and volunteer to be in a study, please do so here, or just from our home page. If you live near Stanford, you might want to go there, if you are in SF, consider UCSF. I doubt that Mr. Semel even knows that Yahoo! has anything to do with this, but they do.

A UCLA research study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found that people may be able to improve their cognitive function and brain efficiency by making simple lifestyle changes such as incorporating memory exercises, healthy eating, physical fitness and stress reduction into their daily lives.

"We've known for several years that diet and exercise can help people maintain their physical health and live longer, but maintaining mental health is just as important," said lead investigator, Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. "The UCLA study is the first to show the impact of memory exercises and stress reduction used together with a healthy diet and physical exercise to improve brain and cognitive function."



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