For Effective Brain Fitness, Do More Than Play Simple Games (The New York Times):
“…Legions of baby boomers already use computers or apps to stimulate the brain, but they should be thought of as part of a larger engagement with the world…Finding new ways to challenge yourself every day, Mr. Rebok said, is a good idea. This can include lots of ordinary activities like doing mental calculations rather than reaching for a calculator, or taking a new driving route or eating with the opposite hand…
Mr. Fernandez of SharpBrains said he would like to see a more systematic way to measure cognition, such as annual mental health checkups. “If we had better assessments, we could empower consumers,” he said. “That’s the next frontier.”
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Dr. Michael Trayford says
This was a great article and glad to see you all mentioned in it! You provide a tremendous resource at SB for those with a quest for brain-based knowledge. It was unfortunate to find the comments already shut down for this article on the NY Times site as further discussion is warranted for the best interest of the population-at-large; particularly the boomers and seniors for which it was written. While brain games are certainly part of the equation; articles such as this one should always include mention of biochemical/metabolic and environmental factors such as caloric intake and blood sugar handling, inflammation, stress management, etc. Teaching courses of this nature through our local UNC system I find that these folks are only getting one side of the story from most of the sources they read and often have transitional experiences when presented with the blending of all factors related to brain health (diet, exercise, stress management, sleep, brain games…), and how they in fact are dependent on one another. Thanks again for your great work — I recommend folks to SB all the time.