Aging and Cognitive Function

Walnuts may be linked to improved cognitive and motor function in elderly patients.

According to the National Institutes of Health, as many as 5.1 million Americans may currently have Alzheimer’s disease.[1] The disease is the fifth leading cause of death in Americans age 65 and older and is expected to increase considerably with the aging of the baby boomer generation.

Although, as of today, there is no known way to prevent dementia or Alzheimer's disease, research has been investigating the role of consuming specific foods, like walnuts, being physically active, and engaging in social activities may play in helping to maintain and improve cognitive health.

 

[1] http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/alzheimers-disease-fact-sheet