BRAIN HEALTH

What can we do to prevent Alzheimer’s or age-related cognitive decline? While there is no definitive answer to that question, there is growing evidence that a healthy lifestyle can delay, slow, or even prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement’s goal is to empower people and organizations by educating them about accessible lifestyle choices that help delay or prevent brain disease and promote healthy minds. We do this by engaging and convening leading scientists and experts in all areas of brain and mind health, including nutrition, fitness, sleep, meditation and caregiving. Read below to learn more about the positive effects that a healthy diet, physical activity, stress reduction and a variety of lifestyle choices can have on your brain health and overall well-being.

‘Dopamine Nation’ Book Excerpt by Dr. Anna Lembke

‘Dopamine Nation’ Book Excerpt by Dr. Anna Lembke

In a world where people are searching for their next dopamine high—getting likes on social media, shopping, gaming, etc.—it's important to find a balance. Learn from psychiatrist and author Dr. Anna Lembke about how to keep your dopamine in check in her new book,...

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A Q&A With Dr. Elizabeth Head On Her Latest Research

A Q&A With Dr. Elizabeth Head On Her Latest Research

WAM spoke to University of Irvine's Dr. Elizabeth Head about her latest research into the link between Alzheimer's and Down Syndrome. Learn more about her study funded through the UCI MIND WAM Initiative.   Read the Q&A with Dr. Elizabeth Head below.  ...

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A Q&A With Maria Shriver On Launching MOSH

A Q&A With Maria Shriver On Launching MOSH

WAM founder Maria Shriver and her son Patrick Schwarzenegger have launched MOSH, a mission-driven brain health and wellness brand, that will be donating a portion of the proceeds to help WAM fund women-based Alzheimer’s research. Together, they aspire to elevate the...

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‘Good Anxiety’ Book Excerpt by Wendy Suzuki

‘Good Anxiety’ Book Excerpt by Wendy Suzuki

Do you know the difference between good and bad anxiety? This is the perfect time to find out. Learn the difference in Dr. Wendy Suzuki's new book, Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion. Want your own copy? In a WAM first, we’re offering...

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Lori Payne’s Story: Living with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Lori Payne’s Story: Living with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Even though Lori Payne was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's when she was 56 years old, she doesn't let that stop her from laughing and enjoying life with her family. The Payne family has come together around Lori’s diagnosis and chronicles their Alzheimer's...

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A Q&A With Jessica Branning, CEO of ClinCloud

A Q&A With Jessica Branning, CEO of ClinCloud

Right now there are many clinical trials but not enough people to fill them. CEO Jessica Branning had a passion to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s —and an entrepreneur’s sense for turning that vision into a business. ClinCloud is a company dedicated to not only...

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‘Dementia: A Love Story’ Book Excerpt by Stephen Lewis

‘Dementia: A Love Story’ Book Excerpt by Stephen Lewis

As his wife's caregiver during her losing battle with early-onset dementia, author Stephen Lewis, wrote a blog that became this book, Dementia: A Love Story. Read an excerpt from Dementia: A Love Story below.    Hope It’s either cool or cold today according to...

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‘Unwinding Anxiety’ Book Excerpt

‘Unwinding Anxiety’ Book Excerpt

Anxiety. It's a word not many of us have a good relationship with. If you're stuck in an anxiety loop, there's good news, you can unlearn it! Author Judson Brewer, MD, PhD teaches us how to do just that in his new book, Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to...

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‘Maximize Your Metabolism’ Book Excerpt

‘Maximize Your Metabolism’ Book Excerpt

Everyone's metabolism craves something different. Learn more about what your metabolism needs and how it changes as you age from Dr. Noel Maclaren, an award-winning endocrinologist and Sunita Singh Maclaren, a medical anthropology expert in the new book, Maximize Your...

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‘I’m So Effing Tired’ Book Excerpt

‘I’m So Effing Tired’ Book Excerpt

Feeling tired and stressed? Dr. Amy Shah explains how to change your life by altering a few simple things; What you eat, when you eat and how you manage stress. Find out what a leaky gut is and how it leads to chronic inflammation from the book I'm So Effing Tired: A...

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Leen Kawas, A Q&A With The CEO Of Athira Pharma

Leen Kawas, A Q&A With The CEO Of Athira Pharma

Leen Kawas is the President and CEO of Athira Pharma. Read the Q&A below to learn more about why she chose to study Alzheimer's and how she co-founded Athira.    WAM: Let’s start with who you are and what you’re doing - and why you think it is important? Leen...

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’72 Reasons To Be Vegan’ Book Excerpt

’72 Reasons To Be Vegan’ Book Excerpt

There is more than one reason to start eating healthier--in fact, there are 72 reasons. This new book, 72 Reasons To Be Vegan: Why Plant-Based. Why now. examines the positive impact a vegan diet can have on everything from your skin to your health. You can ward off...

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‘The Problem of Alzheimer’s’ Book Excerpt

‘The Problem of Alzheimer’s’ Book Excerpt

Dr. Jason Karlawish takes us through the history of Alzheimer's and how it became a national crisis. Currently, there are over 6 million Americans living with the disease, with no cure in sight. Take a look inside laboratories, patients' homes, caregivers' support...

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‘Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety’ Book Excerpt

‘Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety’ Book Excerpt

Get to know more about what you should eat to increase your brain health and improve mental wellness. Dr. Drew Ramsey talks about the latest research on nutrition and the brain in his new book Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety. Read the excerpt below.   ...

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WAM Research Grant Recipients Answer Your Questions

WAM Research Grant Recipients Answer Your Questions

On February 11th, we hosted a special version of the WAM Summit, this one honoring the work of WAM Research Grant recipients. Below we’ve given you a taste of the range of the research they are doing. Maria Shriver and Dr. Sanjay Gupta were our moderators. If you want...

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Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Benefits!

Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Benefits!

Fueled by Cocoa Flavanols By: Alan Frost, Founder, FlavaNaturals Backed by Science Have you dreamed of the day when your doctor would tell you to nourish your brain and heart with dark chocolate and cocoa powder? Alas, in response to growing scientific evidence, many...

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Food as Medicine: A Q&A with Dr. Drew Ramsey

Food as Medicine: A Q&A with Dr. Drew Ramsey

The right food is not only good for your body, but can act as medicine for the brain. Nutritional Psychiatrist, Drew Ramsey, MD, tells us more in this Q&A with the WAM Weekly.  WAM: When people think of a psychiatrist, they tend to think of talk therapy and...

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What’s Good for Your Heart Is Good For Your Brain

What’s Good for Your Heart Is Good For Your Brain

We've heard it many times...what's good for your heart is good for your brain. Dr. Dean Ornish, developed the #1 ranked heart health diet, according to US News and World Report. Now he wants to determine if lifestyle changes can reverse early stage Alzheimer's the way...

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Sleep and Alzheimer’s: What You Need to Know

Sleep and Alzheimer’s: What You Need to Know

Sleep is essential for brain health. Professor at UC Irvine in the Department of Cognitive Science and WAM Grantee, Dr. Sara Mednick, shares all you need to know about how sleep affects the brain. WAM: What is the connection between getting sleep and having a healthy...

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How Food Affects Your Brain

How Food Affects Your Brain

What we eat affects more than our bodies. It also affects our brain. This Is Your Brain On Food by Dr. Uma Naidoo explains the latest research and uses it to provide nutritional recommendations and delicious brain-healthy recipes to optimize your mental health with...

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Your Future Self: An Excerpt From High-Octane Brain

Your Future Self: An Excerpt From High-Octane Brain

While researchers work on a cure and treatments for Alzheimer's, we do know there are lifestyle choices we can make today to reduce our risk for Alzheimer's. With over 80% of Americans wanting to reduce their risk, Dr. Michelle Braun's new book, High-Octane...

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How to Keep Your Memory Sharp From a 4x USA Memory Champion

How to Keep Your Memory Sharp From a 4x USA Memory Champion

Nelson Dellis is a 4x USA Memory Champion, leading memory expert and an Alzheimer's disease activist. Dellis explains to the WAM Weekly how everyone can improve overall brain health through mental exercises. In his new book written for children, Memory Superpowers!,...

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The New Women’s Health Revolution

The New Women’s Health Revolution

Excerpt from Sex Matters: How Male-Centric Medicine Endangers Women's Health and What We Can Do About It by Alyson J. McGregor, MD. We are in the midst of a second women’s revolution. The first was the movement that gained women the right to operate in the world...

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How to Boost Your Brain to Live Better Longer

How to Boost Your Brain to Live Better Longer

Gary Small, MD, is the Director of the UCLA Longevity Center and author of The Memory Bible. In an interview he did with The WAM Weekly, Dr. Small explains what we all can do for our brains today to live better for longer. WAM: Your mission at the UCLA Longevity...

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Dr. Kristine Yaffe on Keeping Our Brain Strong and Healthy

Dr. Kristine Yaffe on Keeping Our Brain Strong and Healthy

Kristine Yaffe, MD, a Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology at the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. She is also a member of the California Governor's Task Force on Alzheimer's Prevention and Preparedness. Dr. Yaffe answered our questions about the...

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Moving in Nature: Exercise Squared

Moving in Nature: Exercise Squared

By Dr. William Sears and Dr. Vincent M. Fortanasce Remember Dr. Mom’s prescription for boredom and bad behavior? “Go outside and play!” No neuroscientist has ever topped this advice from Dr. Mom. Modern brain scans, those windows into your brain, reveal she was right....

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Dr. Nadine Burke Harris on California’s State of Health

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris on California’s State of Health

Pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris was appointed California's first Surgeon General in 2019, and today is at the forefront of the state's COVID-19 health response. In a WAM Weekly exclusive, she tells us how she and the nation's largest state are handling the...

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Love is a State of Mind

Love is a State of Mind

Though we may feel pangs of love in our hearts, the actual signs of this strong emotion resonate in our brains. And thanks to modern science and technology, we can physically observe love's neurobiological effects. Dr. Robert Weiss is a clinical sexologist and...

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Move For Minds Experts on Why We Need to Move

Move For Minds Experts on Why We Need to Move

Members of our Move For Minds panel tell us about the benefits of movement and exercise. Dr. Lisa Mosconi: When it comes to being physically active, there’s no shortage of good reasons to get a move-on. If avoiding heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes aren’t...

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The Beachcomber: An Alzheimer’s Poem

The Beachcomber: An Alzheimer’s Poem

BY SR. JANET RECTENWALD, SFCC I wait ...          to receive from you          words that identify          who you are,          your history, where you came from,          what you long for.   Words come ...          broken words, unintelligible words,         ...

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How to Keep Your Brain Healthy While Having Fun

How to Keep Your Brain Healthy While Having Fun

BY SUSAN PASCAL Summer is the time we like to get away, to give ourselves and even our brains a rest. But is that a good idea for optimal brain health? Michael M. Merzenich, a professor emeritus neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco, member of...

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Why Moving Your Body Is Good For Your Brain

Why Moving Your Body Is Good For Your Brain

BY WENDY SUZUKI What if I told you that there was something that you could do right now that would make you say, “Gee, I think my brain is working better today!” And what if I told you that this same process might not only strengthen the parts of your brain that’s...

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Looking Forward to a World Without Alzheimer’s

Looking Forward to a World Without Alzheimer’s

Is there hope?” they ask me. For themselves. For their moms, dads, husbands, and wives.My answer: absolutely yes.And I don’t mean that in the you-should-never-give-up-hope sense. I’m saying that there’s now legitimate reason to be optimistic. Not about...

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Feed Your Gut to Help Your Brain

Feed Your Gut to Help Your Brain

BY DR. MARC MILSTEIN Head to toe you are about 37 trillion human cells, give or take a trillion. You are also about 37 trillion bacteria cells.   I hate to break it to you, but you are half human, half bacteria.   What is all that bacteria doing living on and inside...

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Unlocking Cognitive Potential through Dance and Movement

Unlocking Cognitive Potential through Dance and Movement

By Erica Hornthal, LCPC, BC-DMT As a dance/movement therapist specializing in cognitive and movement disorders, I see movement as a key that unlocks cognitive potential. Movement isn’t just fun, expressive, and joyful. It is necessary in order to reach these...

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Is There a Connection Between ADHD and Alzheimer’s?

Is There a Connection Between ADHD and Alzheimer’s?

As part of our new "Ask the Expert" series, we submitted these commonly-asked questions to The Women's Alzheimer's Movement's Scientific Advisory Council. Below are the responses we received from members of WAM's Scientific Advisory Council. Is there a connection...

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Alcohol Abuse and Alzheimer’s: Are the Two Related?

Alcohol Abuse and Alzheimer’s: Are the Two Related?

As part of our new "Ask the Expert" series, we submitted these commonly-asked questions to The Women's Alzheimer's Movement's Scientific Advisory Council. Below, Dr. Bruce Miller, MD, Director UCSF Dementia Center, responds. What is the role of alcohol in Alzheimer’s?...

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5 Key Takeaways From Move for Minds 2018

5 Key Takeaways From Move for Minds 2018

At our Move for Minds events in June 2018, we featured nearly 50 superstar experts in the fields of brain health and Alzheimer's who shared their latest research and insights into what we should know about this disease today. Here are the biggest lessons learned from...

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5 Lifestyle Changes That Keep Your Brain Sharp at Any Age

5 Lifestyle Changes That Keep Your Brain Sharp at Any Age

Trying to keep your mind in tip-top shape? An expert tells us how you can fight brain decline by living an active and engaged life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, that number...

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Shining a Light on Vitamin D

Shining a Light on Vitamin D

Many chronic conditions can be associated with low levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D affects the immune system and may act as a neuroprotective agent. In MS (multiple sclerosis), low levels of vitamin D can possibly increase the risk of developing and/or worsening MS....

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The DASH Diet: Good for Heart Health and Brain Health

The DASH Diet: Good for Heart Health and Brain Health

U.S. News & World Report rates The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) as the “best overall” and “healthy eating” plan to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. New research shows that the DASH diet may...

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African Americans and Alzheimer’s: What You Need to Know

African Americans and Alzheimer’s: What You Need to Know

Did you know that African Americans are twice as likely to get diagnosed with Alzheimer's as their non-Hispanic Caucasian counterparts? This startling statistic is what drives the research work of Dr. Goldie Byrd, the Nathan F. Simms Endowed Professor of Biology at...

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Assessing Your Alzheimer’s Risk

Assessing Your Alzheimer’s Risk

BY DR. KENNETH KOSIK Your risk for Alzheimer’s disease depends, in part, on the decisions you make every day—about what to eat for lunch, whether to hit the gym on the way home and how you choose to relax. But there is no one-size-fits-all approach, and that’s because...

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How to Stay Asleep and Sleep More Deeply

How to Stay Asleep and Sleep More Deeply

BY DR. MARK HYMAN “If one awakes in between 1 and 4 am every night for years, what can they do differently to stay asleep and sleep more deeply?” If doctors and dietitians had a penny for every time they heard this complaint, they could comfortably retire on some...

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How Dance and Movement Can Help Foster Identity

How Dance and Movement Can Help Foster Identity

BY ERICA HORNTHAL, LCPC, BC-DMT Movement is a vital component of life. Although it is often associated with exercise, it’s important for us to remember that movement is an overarching umbrella involving body language, non-verbal communication, gesturing, posture, and...

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Why You Should Aim to Avoid Inflammatory Foods

Why You Should Aim to Avoid Inflammatory Foods

BY DR. DALE BREDESEN Cognitive decline is largely a matter of three fundamental threats to our brain: inflammation; a shortage of brain-boosting nutrients, hormones, and other cognition-supporting molecules; and toxic exposure. What we call Alzheimer’s disease is a...

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Get Creative: Pair Your Physical Movement With Music

Get Creative: Pair Your Physical Movement With Music

BY DEBORAH SHOUSE "I move, therefore I am." — Haruki Murakami  During my mother’s journey through dementia, my dad was determined to keep her moving—walking, swimming, and gardening. He was determined to move her through her confusion. My father intuitively understood...

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Brain-Healthy Tips From Our Move For Minds Experts

Brain-Healthy Tips From Our Move For Minds Experts

Below are valuable insights from our community of experts - scientists, researchers, nutritionists, advocates, caregivers, and more — who participated in our 2017 Move For Minds events across the country. To learn more about the event and help us wipe out Alzheimer's,...

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Three Tips For a Strong, Rested Mind

Three Tips For a Strong, Rested Mind

BY CHRIS SHELTON As a practitioner of the ancient healing art of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, I treat people with conditions ranging from chronic pain to dementia. When a person comes to see me with a sadly common and heart-breaking affliction like...

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