Brain Training, Lifestyle Therapies Effectively Combat Dementia

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“…with researchers finding that the group who received the computerized training had a 29 percent lower incidence of dementia…”

It’s not rocket science. Brain training, frequent moderate exercise, nutrition, and supplements cited by studies as reducing your risk of dementia (DEM). The first two of these therapies have been shown by a growing number of studies to prevent dementia. Nutrition and supplementation have been shown by spotty research to reduce the risk of dementia.

I say “it’s not rocket science” because I think that most of us older folks understand the need to do these therapies to enhance our brain health and stave off DEM and cognitive dysfunction.

The real challenge, as far as I’m concerned, is actually doing the therapies often enough to make a difference to our brain health.

I signed up for Posit Science (brain training games) in, I don’t know, late 2015. Less than $100 annual cost. I ignored the brain games for about a year and a half. I’m not sure what got me to start my brain training. Once I figured out how to get the brain training to download to my email inbox each day I was able to get in the habit of playing a few games daily. Once I got in the habit I found daily brain training to be easy.

Have you been diagnosed with some form of dementia? For more information about keeping your brain healthy please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you

David Emerson

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“Revising the results of their headline-grabbing, decade-long study, researchers from top universities still believe that a brain training exercise from app developer Posit Science can actually reduce the risk of dementia among older adults…

The groundbreaking study still has incredible implications for the treatment of neurological disorders associated with aging — and helps to validate the use of application-based therapies as a form of treatment and preventative intervention…

And they (research results) indicate that brain training exercises conducted in a classroom setting can significantly reduce the risk of dementia in older patients…

The randomized study placed one group in a classroom and taught them different memory enhancement strategies; another group received classroom training on basic reasoning skills; while a third group received individualized, computerized brain training in class. A control group received no training at all…

After ten years, the researchers didn’t find a difference in the incidence of dementia between participants in the control group and the reasoning or memory strategy groups. But the brain training group showed marked differences, with researchers finding that the group who received the computerized training had a 29 percent lower incidence of dementia…

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