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Must-read interview with George Rebok, PhD: Can cognitive training help aging brains?

george_rebokCan Training Help Aging Brains? (WebMD):

George Rebok, PhD, conducted one of the largest studies to date looking at how cognitive training affects older adults. Rebok, a professor at the Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, talks about the study findings, commercially available brain training, and what he recommends for brain health.

“What we found was I think very encouraging and also somewhat surprising Read the rest of this entry »

4 Essential (and Overlooked) Facts About Your Brain and Your Mind

NeuronsAn aspiring clarinetist begins by getting a sense of the way the instrument’s sounds are produced by the air she blows through it. A driver must be acquainted with various vehicle fundamentals, such as adding gas, accelerating, and reading the speedometer. It is no different with the brain. Maximizing your brain’s health and performance begins with a basic understanding of how it works and how it evolves across the lifespan.

The human brain evolved to help us operate in complex, changing environments by continually learning and adapting. Successfully doing so involves Read the rest of this entry »

Can brain training work? Yes, if it meets these 5 conditions

brain exerciseIn a modern society we are confronted with a wide range of increasingly abstract and interconnected problems. Successfully dealing with such an environment requires a highly fit brain, capable of adapting to new situations and challenges throughout life. Consequently, we expect cross-training the brain to soon become as mainstream as cross-training the body is today, going beyond unstructured mental activity and Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Measuring and treating Chemo Brain

‘Chemo Brain’ After Breast Cancer Backed by Study (US News):

“Breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy are at risk for mild mental deficits known collectively as “chemo brain,” a new study finds. Researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., reviewed existing research on brain function (“cognitive” functioning) in Read the rest of this entry »

Invest in Brain Health to Drive Innovation and Prosperity

In an increasingly knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy, human brains—not financial capital—are becoming the primary drivers of business success. Engaged, creative citizens and workers mean the difference between success and failure at the organizational and societal levels.

Looking at the problem from the perspective of brain health, there are Read the rest of this entry »

When and Why Should Drivers with Cognitive Impairment Stop Driving (And How to Delay It)

Ontario says tougher rules expected for drivers with dementia (Toronto Star):

– “In the wake of a Star series on drivers with cognitive impairment, Chiarelli predicted there will be a “tightening across the board” of the system that allows many seniors with dementia to drive unchecked.”

– “The ministry is considering making the following changes: better training for family doctors on reporting cognitively impaired patients who drive; more rigorous on-road testing of senior drivers; and the introduction of graduated licensing for some seniors who, like teenage drivers, would not be allowed to drive at night or on 400-series highways.” Read the rest of this entry »

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