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A Healthy Brain And How To Keep It!

Many articles have been written on the benefits of exercising your brain as a way to prevent the onset of dementia as you grow older. There are a number of websites and resources that offer fun, mind-stimulating, skill building games that aging baby boomers can enjoy. The colorful interactive games are designed to improve basic cognitive skills such as speed, memory, attention, spatial flexible thinking and more. A recently published report funded by the National Institute of Health reviews the extensive literature on cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease in search of factors that might delay or prevent these age-related conditions. Many assisted living facilities are helping their seniors keep their brains healthy by offering activities that require them to use their cognitive skills. Assisted living facilities also encourage family members to bring games and activities to do with their senior loved ones while making a visit.

Of all the factors reviewed, including diet, dietary supplements, physical exercise, social engagement, and other leisure activities, there was a risk for the decline of cognitive skills amongst seniors and elderly citizens. For this reason it is important to engage seniors in cognitive training activities. Assisted Living facilities, hospitals and health care clinics have been active in providing seniors with the cognitive training their brain needs. A medical report was prepared by the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center for the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality which is essentially a part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. This report was generated to support the NIH State-of-the-Science Conference “Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline.” The conference brought together health experts with specific expertise in aging and age-related changes in cognition to discuss the current state of knowledge related to treatments for age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. The medical report takes a very conservative approach to its evaluation of risk factors and potential treatments for age-related problems of cognition.

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In fact, only cognitive training was found to have a high degree of evidence for reducing the risk of age-related cognitive decline. Hundreds of studies were reviewed, and while many studies offered evidence that was suggestive of reducing risks, most were correlational, rather than experimental, in nature. For instance, some studies showed a relationship between eating a “Mediterranean diet” and reduced risk of cognitive decline. However, these studies typically just ask people about their diet and correlate these factors to cognitive performance. Conversely, there have been several randomized, controlled trials that have shown improved cognitive performance through cognitive training. This higher degree of rigor earned cognitive training the “high degree of evidence” designation in this report. This research will help the Assisted Living industry improve the prospect of seniors living in their facilities.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

  1. July 4, 2011 at 5:00 am

    thank you for the post, I believe that mental health and all of the mental exercises help the body and the mind as well. I created a new site completely free exercises to improve your memory please take a minute to visit.

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