The role of nutrition on brain health is a growing area of research. In elderly people, little research has been conducted on dietary patterns. But that doesn’t mean the dietary patterns from younger individuals cannot be implemented into older adults. There are two main types of dietary patterns, healthy and unhealthy. Healthy dietary patterns are those that consist of regular consumption of healthy fats, lean proteins, antioxidant rich foods, and fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Often when we think of cognitive dysfunction, we do not imagine our cute pets at home. However, our furry friends may suffer from canine cognitive dysfunction, or CCD, similar to dementia. Similar to dementia, there is no known cure; but there are ways to improve the quality of life for your dog. Here are six great tips to give your dog more happiness through their suffering.

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you are probably familiar with the drastic change of seasons. With the switch from the summer to the fall comes not only cooler weather, but less daily sunlight. This may cause people to experience seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, which is a type of depression caused by the change of seasons and the decreasing daily sunlight available. Decreased daily sunlight is also linked to vitamin D deficiency, which can also contribute to decreased mood during the colder months. In this blog post, we discuss what seasonal affective disorder is and what you can do to stay well during the fall and winter seasons.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) refers to diminished cognitive functioning in later age. It is in between a normal cognitive functioning and that lowered cognitive functions such as the kind seen in people with dementia. Mild cognitive impairment affects approximately 15-20% of adults ages 60 years and older. People with mild cognitive impairment may later develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease (AD). While many people understand the symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, many people do not understand what mild cognitive impairment is. In this blog post, we discuss what mild cognitive impairment is.

We have all experienced depression at some point in our lives. Depression is the “common cold” of mental illnesses, as many people experience depression for various reasons. Depression can be caused by experiencing challenging situations inherited through genes, or from a brain injury or stroke. Sometimes depression can linger, causing people to withdraw from friends and family, oversleep or experience insomnia, have little or no energy, experience physical pain, and to be short-tempered. These symptoms of depression have been likened to turning into a burrito - where one may be hiding from the outside world as ingredients or symptoms of depression surround them. This blog post discusses how depression can turn you into a burrito and how you can unwrap yourself from a depressive episode. 

It might be time to hit the dairy aisle next time you go grocery shopping! Yogurt has always been known as a healthy food that should be included in our everyday diets. It is rich in important nutrients, high in protein, and provides digestive benefits. Many studies have shown that yogurt is an excellent food for its health benefits, but recently a study has found that it may actually fight against a disease that affects more than 6 million Americans each year. Yes, eating yogurt may actually help against Alzheimer's disease!

You have probably heard the phrase “the proof is in the pudding”, but what if the proof literally IS the pudding? What we eat can shape not only our brains, but how we think and feel. Nutritionists have proved that our diet affects brain health and functioning, but in what ways can we use this knowledge to our advantage? Martha Clare Morris, a nutritional epidemiologist, began a study that not only found foods, but a diet plan that can lower the risk of cognitive decline and reduce the risk of Alzhiemer’s disease. This revolutionary diet plan is known as the MIND diet. 

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you are probably familiar with the drastic change of seasons. With the switch from the summer to the fall comes not only cooler weather, but less daily sunlight. This may cause people to experience seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, which is a type of depression caused by the change of seasons and the decreasing daily sunlight available. Decreased daily sunlight is also linked to vitamin D deficiency, which can also contribute to decreased mood during the colder months. In this blog post, we discuss what seasonal affective disorder is and what you can do to stay well during the fall and winter seasons.

Mindfulness has been shown to help improve mood, eating behaviors, and sleep patterns in people. This fascination with mindfulness evolved from the need to help people thrive in everyday life while utilizing human strengths. In this blog post, we discuss five activities you can use to practice mindfulness.

What exactly are memories? We all have them, but do we really know what memories truly are? This question has led to works of art, literature, and research in order to understand these illusive phenomenons. In everyday life, memories allow us to remember how to get from our house to a friend’s, recall the lyrics to a favorite song, and reflect upon past experiences to make decisions. In this blog post, we discuss what memories are for.