Monday, December 17, 2012
New Brain Skills
Are you middle-aged or older with few internet skills? Get busy developing them! MRI scans by researchers at UCLA showed that middle-aged and older adults with few internet skills triggered brain centers that control decision-making and complex reasoning--after just one week of surfing the net! This can help maintain healthy brain functiong. Challening the brain can trigger the growth of new brain cells and inctrease the number of connections between those cells. According to Keith L. Black, MD, chair of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, it is important to learn new things. It's not enough to just keep repeating skills you already know, like playing the same card games over and over. Learn to play a new song on your favorite instrument, learn a new form of bridge, take up sudoku, solve brain benders, learn to knit, surf the internet . . .