Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Brain Training to Stay Sharp #2

ACTIVE reportedly is the largest study ever done on cognitive training. According to George Rebok, an expert on aging and a professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who led the study, "What we found was pretty astounding.” Results showed that FIVE years later, participants of the training performed better than their untrained counterparts in all three measures. Not only that. Participants evidenced improvements in reasoning skills and processing speed that could be detected as long as TEN years after the course ended. This is very welcome news in the search for ways to keep the mind sharp as 76 million baby boomers in the United States advance into old age. A new study may soon be underway that attempts to identify whether this training actually strengthened the brain in the way that exercising builds muscle. Last week, NIA put out a request for proposals that would study whether cognitive training causes physical changes in the brain. That study will be fun to follow!


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