Frank Longo MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, was recently recognized by Home Care Assistance as the recipient of the 2014 Achievement Award in Brain Science. Dr. Longo was commended for his cutting-edge research and leadership in neurology, with an emphasis on his work on Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Dr. Longo received the award at our 2014 Annual Convention, where he gave an informative presentation entitled “Strategies for Maintaining Cognitive Health and Preventing Dementia”. He addressed the development of Alzheimer’s disease, outlining how it may be possible for age-related impairments to progress into dementia. Although not all risk factors are proven, he suggested that stress and genetics, among other factors, could increase risk of dementia and suggested positive lifestyle factors that can potentially prevent and delay the onset of cognitive decline.
Dr. Longo highlighted daily strategies to maintain and improve cognitive vitality. One such strategy was the effectiveness of cognitive activities to improve brain function. Coincidentally, this strategy is the cornerstone of the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, a proprietary method developed by Home Care Assistance to delay the onset of cognitive decline using one-on-one cognitive exercises. Dr. Longo also mentioned that healthy lifestyle choices and physical exercise can improve brain health. Physical exercise may reduce cognitive decline by about 30-40% and research examining the benefits of walking found that age-related deterioration of the brain could be reversed in the hippocampal region, which is the center for spatial navigation and memory storage. Physical activity is also a focus of the Cognitive Therapeutics Method, which emphasizes a healthy lifestyle for long-term brain health, in addition to cognitive exercises.
With a mission to change the way the world ages, we are thrilled to honor accomplished individuals like Dr. Frank Longo for their pioneering work in the fields of Alzheimer’s and dementia. We look forward to further success in this growing field as we strive to improve the cognitive vitality of seniors so that they can lead healthier, more independent lives.