A new study shows that cognitive training has the potential to reverse age-related brain decline according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas. The study was published online in Cerebral Cortex. It seems that complex cognitive training improves brain health considerably.
"The world's aging population is growing disproportionately. Our expected lifespan has reached an all time high of more than 78 years, yet previous research shows cognitive decline may begin in the early 40s," said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHeath and Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair at The University of Texas at Dallas. "Until recently, cognitive decline in healthy adults was viewed as an inevitable consequence of aging. This research shows that neuroplasticity can be harnessed to enhance brain performance and provides hope for individuals to improve their own mental capacity and cognitive brain health by habitually exercising higher-order thinking strategies no matter their age."
The commercials about luminosity.com may be worth the time to look into. They apparently have the right idea about brain exercise. As America ages and Alzheimer's becomes a bigger threat, any news that natural activity can slow down or reverse age-related brain decline is excellent. This means we each have the ability and the responsibility to prevent or greatly reduce the likelihood of dementia or Alzheimer's.
According to the US Census Bureau, about 40 million people in the US are over the age of 50. This would be a huge number of folks with dementia in the near future, unless we do what we can now to prevent it. The more we do with the brain, the longer it will function in peak condition, or at least in good enough condition for dressing ourselves.
Besides exercising the brain, getting enough sleep is essential to the brain repairing itself. Both are within our control.