The Wordle craze: Why do we love puzzles, and are they good for our brains?
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(Penny Pexman/ The Conversation) — In recent weeks, a web-based word puzzle called Wordle has become a popular daily distraction. Suddenly, millions of people are focused on their vocabulary of five-letter words, and are newly aware of concepts like letter frequency and letter position as they strategize about the best  …

Brain-healthy foods that will help protect your memory
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(Kaitlyn Pirie/ Prevention) — What you choose to fuel your body with affects more than the number on the scale and how your jeans fit. Everything from your bone density to your memory can be supported by what you put on your plate. Specifically when it comes to brain health, the foods you eat have a major impact, says Dale  …

‘Magic table’ uses technology and active play to help people with dementia
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(Susan Schwartz/ The Montreal Gazette) — As images of green leaves and red ladybugs projected from above danced on a tabletop at the Maimonides Geriatric Centre on Wednesday and participants reached out to swipe at them, resident Harry Mintz had a good line.

“One lady that doesn’t bug me too much,” he said. It earned him a   …

What types of memories are forgotten in Alzheimer’s disease?
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(Emile Delage/ The Conversation) — Alzheimer’s disease, a type of neurodegenerative dementia that affects memory, is well known in Canada, where more than half a million people live with it. This number is expected to double in the next 10 years as the population ages.

Alzheimer’s disease strikes fear in people.  …

Is your memory normal for your age?
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According to Toronto Star medical columnist Dr Nicole Anderson, many older adults mistakenly interpret normal effects of ageing on memory for the onset of Alzheimer’s. While forgetting the names of one’s loved ones may be a sign of dementia, forgetting the names of acquaintances is pretty normal for anyone over 40, she writes.  …