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Brain Fitness 101: Answers to Your Top 25 Questions
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Brain Fitness 101: Answers to Your Top 25 Questions was written by Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg and Alvaro Fernandez, with Caroline Latham, to provide an introduction to the concept, science and practice of brain fitness programs to sharpen our minds — not only improve our memory, but our concentration, stress management, and other cognitive abilities.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Top 25 Questions About Brain Fitness

Defining Brain Fitness

What are cognitive abilities?

Are cognitive abilities the same thing as intelligence?

What is brain fitness?

Is brain fitness scientifically proven to improve cognitive skills?

Brain Fitness Programs

Do I really need a brain fitness program?

How do I start a brain fitness program?

I already do crosswords and sudoku. Do I need anything else?

Why are computer programs better than paper-based ones or simply attending a class in person?

How do I know if the computer-based programs work?

Why are so many programs appearing now?

Is it necessary to train under the supervision of a doctor or other specialist?

Healthy Aging

What does “normal aging” mean? Do we all age the same way?

Are there specific programs for adults?

Does a brain fitness program prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia?

I don’t want to ever retire. What can I do to remain sharp?

The Other Pillars of Brain Fitness

Are yoga and meditation good for my brain?

Are there herbal and vitamin supplements that will protect my memory?

Is physical fitness important?

Specific Topics in Brain Fitness

How can I improve my concentration and my memory?

Can a brain fitness program help me become more creative?

I am a busy executive with a challenging job. All this doesn’t sound very relevant to me.

Are there specific programs for kids? My kids have problems with math-why should they do these things that may distract them from math?

During my pregnancy, I felt really absent-minded. Is this normal? What can I do?

Ever since menopause, I can’t really think or concentrate as I used to. Is this normal? What can I do?

I play casual games online, such as Bejeweled. Is that good? Do I need something else?

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