Do Brain Exercises Help Prevent Dementia?

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While more evidence is needed, there are signs that brain exercises and learning new skills can help prevent dementia.  Recent data, such as the ACTIVE study (with ~2,800 patients aged 65+) show cognitive benefits lasting up to 5 years for seniors engaged in brain exercises, with reports of these gains translating more broadly into their everyday lives.  Other studies have shown that before symptoms appear, seniors can reduce the risk or even prevent dementia by keeping mentally active and learning new skills.  These should be new skills and activities that help you to learn new things– crossword puzzles, sudoku and reading books from your favorite author aren’t necessarily enough.  New forms of exercise, dance, learning musical instruments or a new foreign language can help slow the erosion of brain cells and create new neural connections, which can reduce or prevent dementia.  In addition to the positive health benefits, each of these activities can help you live a more full and rich life.

Read More:  http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/preventing-dementia-brain-exercises

 

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‘Brain game’ company distances itself from industry backlash with evidence of cognitive improvement, seeks FDA approval

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NeuroRacer game shows enduring cognitive benefits in seniors, more evidence forthcoming…

Read More:  http://blogs.law.stanford.edu/lawandbiosciences/2014/05/05/neuroracer-creator-gazzaley-seeks-fda-blessing-for-brain-training-game/

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Learn new skills in order to maintain your brain’s vitality with age, study says

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Crossword puzzles, reading and that familiar hobby of yours may not be enough to keep your brain sharp, according to studies in the journal “Psychological Science”.

A recent study performed by Denise Park at University of Texas at Dallas shows that learning new skills could the key to maintaining cognitive vitality with age.  Simply maintaining those old habits may not be enough.

“This is speculation, but what if challenging mental activity slows the rate at which the brain ages?” asks Park. “Every year that you save could be an added year of high quality life and independence.”

Read More:  http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/learning-new-skills-keeps-an-aging-mind-sharp.html

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