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5. Brain Fitness through Life

Highlights from Section 5: A Growing Range of Applications

Brain training has more current and future applications than meet the eye. The same way there are many reasons to exercise our bodies (run in a marathon, stay in shape, lose weight, become an Olympian, have strong abdominal muscles, etc.), there are many reasons to exercise our brains. In this chapter, we review a few current and future applications of brain training, such as the use of brain training in retirement communities, at school or in the clinical world.


Longer lives mean healthy aging is critical

If you were born between 1946 and 1964 you are probably going to work and live longer than any previous generation. It is also very likely that you have had some experience with Alzheimer’s Disease or other types of dementia either through a loved one, a client or a patient. Keep reading.


Brain fitness centers in senior centers and retirement communities

In-house “brain fitness centers” are becoming more common in retirement communities, nursing homes, and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) around the country. Keep reading.


Cognitive assessments: the importance of cognitive baseline tests

Many studies have shown that when the right group of people uses the right tool, significant benefits can occur. The question then becomes, “What assessments may help pinpoint who may benefit from what type of training, and set up objective, independent baselines for cognitive performance over time?”. Keep reading.


Teenagers and adults: mental abilities for safe driving

As drivers get older a number of cognitive problems can get in the way of safe driving. An increasing number of traffic schools in Europe and Canada, as well as US companies that employ large numbers of drivers, are adding a new tool to their assessment and training toolkit. Keep reading.

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Clinical applications:  strokes, traumatic brain injuries, attention deficit disorders

Increasingly, there are a variety of clinical conditions for which non-invasive, computerized cognitive training programs can play a role both as first line interventions and post diagnosis to complement existing treatments. In conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, and attention deficits disorders some programs are getting traction and building practitioner networks. Keep reading.


Educational applications: cognitive training and academic performance

One of the first computer-based cognitive training programs ever commercialized was created for the K12 education segment. The product, called Fast Forword, was launched by Scientific Learning Corporation (SCIL) in 1997. It focused on helping students with dyslexia and was distributed through clinical channels. Keep reading.


Insurance companies to promote brain wellness

Given the expected growth of Alzheimer’s disease across the aging US population and the cost of patient care, insurance companies have a strong interest in reducing the rate of cognitive decline, delaying the onset of Mild Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease once it appears. Keep reading.

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This new online resource is based on the content from the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (May 2009, $19.95), by Alvaro Fernandez and Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg.