2017 AARP Cognitive Activity and Brain Health Survey (AARP Research):
“AARP conducted a study of adults age 40+ to characterize participation in cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs)…Key findings include:
Adults who self-report their cognitive functioning, health, and well-being higher:
- Engage in more cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs) per week.
- Have higher average mental well-being scores.
- Have a desire to do even more to improve their brain health.
Over eight in 10 adults age 40+ said they are willing to participate in cognitive training and three-quarters are willing to spend 15-minutes or more per day engaged in it. Those who are most willing to participate rate their current cognitive abilities the highest.
The most-frequently reported barrier to adding more mentally-stimulating activities is being uncertain of which activities benefit brain health. (Note: bolded by editor)
The top five activities adults age 40+ are willing to give up in order to add more mentally-stimulating activities are: watching TV/streaming movies, surfing the internet, playing online games not meant for brain training, recreational shopping, and doing nothing in particular.”
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