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New Study on the Benefits of Brain Exercises/Brain Fitness

Ten ses­sions of exer­cises to boost rea­son­ing skills, mem­ory and men­tal pro­cess­ing speed staved off men­tal decline in middle-aged and elderly peo­ple in the first defin­i­tive study to show that hon­ing intel­lec­tual skills can bol­ster the mind in the same way that phys­i­cal exer­cise pro­tects and strength­ens the body. The researchers also showed that the ben­e­fits of the brain exer­cises extended well beyond the spe­cific skills the vol­un­teers learned.

Keep read­ing a very impor­tant and timely Wash­ing­ton Post arti­cle that reports the find­ings of a JAMA study at Short Men­tal Work­outs May Slow Decline of Aging Minds, Study Finds.

A few other very insight­ful sentences:

  • Peo­ple think edu­ca­tion is for peo­ple who are already edu­cated,” said Michael Mar­siske, one of the researchers. “This kind of train­ing works no mat­ter where you are in soci­ety.”
  • What I per­son­ally take away from the study is, if you chal­lenge your­self to do some new learn­ing, some­thing that isn’t easy at the start, it can have dividends.”
  • The study did not indi­cate that men­tal train­ing can hold off all cog­ni­tive decline per­ma­nently. Rather, as is the case with phys­i­cal exer­cise, strength­en­ing the mind appeared to slow decline.”
  • Men­tal exer­cise is the same way. It has to be con­sis­tent, and it has to be chal­leng­ing. Just like you have to keep increas­ing the weights at the gym to make it chal­leng­ing, you have to do the same with men­tal activity.”

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