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Trend: More healthcare and research facilities offer multipronged brain fitness programs

BrainFitnessJigsaw_webCan an exercise routine really help keep your mental “muscles” in good shape? (Harvard Health Letter):

“Fear of losing your memory and thinking skills is one of the greatest concerns of getting older. Maybe that’s behind the increasing number of clinics offering brain fitness programs. “Brain training” isn’t a typical exercise program; it incorporates a number of activities and lifestyle changes to help boost brain function. “It makes very good sense to promote cognitive health using a variety of approaches. I embrace it even as we await more data,” says Dr. Kirk Daffner, a neurologist and medical editor of the Harvard Special Health Report Improving Memory…Hospitals and research facilities offer brain fitness programs, and so do private practices. “Ideally you want people who have done this for a long time and who offer a multidisciplinary approach, with a neurologist, psychologist, social worker, physical therapist, and dietitian,” says Dr. Pascual-Leone.”

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Update: Well-targeted brain training might significantly reduce dementia risk

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ACTIVE study: Well-targeted brain training might significantly reduce dementia risk

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Play on! In a first, brain training cuts risk of dementia 10 years later (STAT News):

“For the first time ever, researchers have managed to reduce people’s risk for dementia — not through a medicine, special diet, or exercise, but by having healthy older adults play a computer-based brain-training game. Read the rest of this entry »

Question: What’s the best type of exercise to promote brain health?

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Answer: Cardiovascular exercise that gets the heart beating – from walking to skiing, tennis and basketball – seems to bring the greatest brain benefits; thirty to sixty minutes per day, three days a week, seems to be the best regimen.

Keep reading 20 Must-Know Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Health.

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