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Towards a new brain fitness culture: The mainstreaming of mindfulness meditation

mindfulnessThe main­stream­ing of mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion (The Week):

Sci­en­tific research has shown that mind­ful­ness appears to make peo­ple both hap­pier and health­ier. Reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion can lower a person’s blood pres­sure and Read the rest of this entry »

Want to train your brain? Work as a physician, air traffic controller, financial analyst (or similar)

Brain Firing NeuronsMen­tally stim­u­lat­ing jobs keep your mind sharp post-retirement (Tech Times):

If you want to stay sharp in your golden years, it’s best to get the hard yards in early — a new study has found that peo­ple with men­tally demand­ing jobs fare bet­ter in the years after retirement.…Mental acu­ity and mem­ory reten­tion was found to be higher in retirees who had spent their careers in men­tally stim­u­lat­ing roles, such as Read the rest of this entry »

Great Customer Reviews for The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

SharpBrainsGuideCustomerReviews2We are proud to high­light the excel­lent reviews writ­ten by 40 read­ers of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness via Amazon.com: it gets 4.6 out of 5 stars!

“I like The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness because it’s straight­for­ward and easy to under­stand for the per­son who hasn’t been immersed in the study of neu­ro­science.”
May Lou Hely| 12 review­ers made a sim­i­lar statement

“Given the depth of the infor­ma­tion pro­vided, this is a sur­pris­ingly easy read.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Medicare updates reimbursement criteria for “maintenance” therapy services

ReimbursementA Quiet “Sea Change” in Medicare (The New York Times):

In Jan­u­ary, Medicare offi­cials updated the agency’s pol­icy man­ual –the rule book for every­thing Medicare does– to erase any notion that improve­ment Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Mindful Brain Training and “The End of the Prozac Generation”

brainstormingTime for Sharp­Brains’ March 2014 e-newsletter. We hope you enjoy these thought-provoking arti­cles about how to enhance our brains and minds…and hope­fully trans­form brain care and men­tal health along the way.

New think­ing:

New tools: 

New research: 

Have a great month of April!

Dementia rates could be reduced by 38% via cognitive training

brain exerciseCog­ni­tive Train­ing May Bestow Long-Term Ben­e­fits for Seniors (Psy­chi­atric News):

A large mul­ti­site, ran­dom­ized, con­trolled clin­i­cal trial has found that cog­ni­tive train­ing can ben­e­fit seniors up to a decade after they’ve received the training…the researchers believe that their results have far-reaching clin­i­cal impli­ca­tions. Read the rest of this entry »

Is working memory training the priority for ADHD patients?

ADHD Attention Deficit DisorderThere are sev­eral rea­sons why it is impor­tant to develop evidence-based ADHD treat­ments in addi­tion to med­ica­tion and behav­ior therapy.

Not all chil­dren ben­e­fit from med­ica­tion, some expe­ri­ence intol­er­a­ble side effects, and many con­tinue to strug­gle despite the ben­e­fits pro­vided by med­ica­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

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