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Dance training: The ultimate way to delay brain decline by combining physical, cognitive, and social engagement

Study: Dancing may offset some effects of aging in the brain (CSU release):

“A new study led by a Colorado State University researcher shows that kicking up your heels can actually be good for your noggin.

The research team demonstrated for the first time that decline in the brain’s “white matter” can be detected over a period of only six months in healthy aging adults Read the rest of this entry »

In honor of Brain Awareness Week 2017, let’s discuss these 10 Key Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Fitness

This week is Brain Awareness Week, so let me share–and let’s discuss!–these 10 Key Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Improve Brain Fitness that come from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed to Read the rest of this entry »

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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— M GLASSER, D VAN ESSEN/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

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

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–An example of a speed-of-processing task. Courtesy of Posit Science

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 »

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