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To maintain lifelong mental acuity, avoid early retirement and repetitive jobs

retirement_roadThis is your brain on retirement — not nearly as sharp, studies are finding (The Washington Post):

“Retiring at 55 and spending the rest of your life relaxing on the front porch may sound appealing, but if you want your brain to keep working, it’s probably not a good idea. Mounting evidence shows that staying in the workforce into old age is good not only for our bank accounts, but also for our health and mental acuity Read the rest of this entry »

To delay dementia, try challenging (vs. routine) brain stimulation…up to a point

brain__skeletonBrain games that could pay off in retirement (MarketWatch):

“Cognitive aging is the biggest health crisis in our country,” said Denise C. Park…the monetary cost of dementia in the U.S. tops $157 billion annually, according to estimates by the Rand Corp.—and that number could more than Read the rest of this entry »

Brain fitness is not about crossword puzzles and blueberries

brain_centerTop 15 Insights About Neuroplasticity, Emotions and Lifelong Learning (The Huffington Post):

  • “A consequence of the brain’s plasticity is that the brain may change with every experience, thought and emotion, from which it follows that you yourself have the potential power to change your brain with everything that you do, think, and feel. So brain fitness and optimization are about much more than crossword puzzles and blueberries; they are about cultivating a new mindset and mastering a new toolkit that allow us to appreciate and take full advantage of our brains’ incredible properties.”

Keep reading these  Top 15 Insights About Neuroplasticity, Emotions and Lifelong Learning

Great book review by The New York Public Library

BrainFitnessLifecycle_webWhat Does a Brain Want? Alvaro Fernandez and the SharpBrains Team Put Brain Fitness to the Test (New York Public Library):

“Many have referred to the 21st century as the century of the brain. In the 20th century the average lifespan in the U.S. increased from 47 to 74, but research on the brain lagged behind. As lifespan increases this becomes more and more of a societal, and personal, concern…

May I recommend a book to cut through the chatter on the brain? The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age…I discovered SharpBrains when Read the rest of this entry »

Update: A Fresh Look at Enhancing Brain & Mental Health Across the Lifespan

kid brainTime for SharpBrains’ May 2013 e-newsletter, which features a variety of articles offering a more optimistic and evidence-based approach to brain and mental health than current practices.

First of all, let us highlight that Scientific American just published an excellent review of our new book. The author sums it up by saying that “…I wish I had read this awesome guide when I was much younger…I find the emerging field of neuroplasticity immensely exciting, and guides like this one are both hopeful and reasonable.” As a reader points out, the word “awesome” does not appear often in science-oriented publications…so we are especially proud to see the book merit such treatment.

New thinking:

New science:

New tools:

That’s it for now. Have a stimulating June!

Train your brain with targeted videogames, not with crossword puzzles

cognition-road-tour-combinedStudy shows mental agility game slows cognitive decline in older people (Iowa Now): “Wolinsky and colleagues separated 681 generally healthy medical patients in Iowa into four groups—each further separated into those 50 to 64 years of age and those over age 65. One group was given computerized crossword puzzles, while three other groups were exposed to a video game called Read the rest of this entry »

Cognitive Training & Brain Teasers Can Increase Openness Among Older Adults

Brain Teasers Make Seniors More Open to New Ventures (medpage today):

– ” A cognitive training program that included Sudoku and crossword puzzles made older adults more open to new experiences, according to a preliminary study.”

– “Older adults undergo changes in personality, including shifts in openness or willingness to seek out new and cognitively challenging experiences. A number of interventions have been designed to enrich cognitive functioning in older adults, but little has been done to develop openness, the authors explained.” Read the rest of this entry »

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