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Mind-body maximizes benefits of exercise to seniors

Published: August 3 2017  By: Paul Mayne

By 2035, a third of the Canadian population will be over 60 years old. And Kinesiology PhD student Narlon Boa Sorte Silva wants to make sure every one of them stays active and engaged in life via exercise.

In a recent study, Boa Sorte Silva showed that mind-motor training – an activity that simultaneously engages both cognitive function and movement – used in association with regular exercise helped older adults stave off the effects of dementia more than just regular exercise alone.... Go to full article

Daily crosswords linked to sharper brain in later life

Published: July 17 2017

Experts at the University of Exeter Medical School and Kings College London analysed data from more than 17,000 healthy people aged 50 and over, submitted in an online trial. In research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017, the team asked participants how frequently they played word puzzles such as crosswords.

The study, one of the largest of its kind, used tests from the CogTrackTM and PROTECT online cognitive test systems to assess core aspects of brain function. They found that the more regularly participants engaged with word puzzles, the better they performed on tasks assessing attention, reasoning and memory.... Go to full article

Think brain games make you smarter? Think again, FSU researchers say

Published: April 17 2017  By: Dave Heller

Be skeptical of ads declaring you can rev up your brain’s performance by challenging it with products from the growing brain-training industry.

Science does not support many of the claims.

That’s according to a new study published in the science journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience from a team of Florida State University researchers.... Go to full article

Playing Tetris can reduce onset of PTSD after trauma, study shows

Published: March 29 2017  By: Meera Senthilingam, CNN

After experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as a car accident, people are likely to develop anxiety or distress in relation to that event soon after the experience, leading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

But a new study has shown that playing the computer game Tetris within hours of experiencing trauma can prevent those feelings from taking over your mind.... Go to full article

Brain Games Might Cut Alzheimer's Risk

Published: Feb 9 2017

A computerized brain training program cut the risk of dementia among healthy people by 48 percent, U.S. researchers said Sunday in reporting an analysis of the results of a 10-year study.

The preliminary findings, presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Toronto, are the first to show that any kind of intervention could delay the development of dementia in normal, healthy adults.... Go to full article

Lumosity to Pay $2M to Settle FTC Charges Over ‘Brain Training’ Ads

Published: January 5 2016  By: Mike Brunker

The company that created the Lumosity “brain training” program has agreed to pay $2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers into believing that its mind games could help users excel at work and school and reduce or delay “cognitive impairment associated with age and other serious health conditions.”... Go to full article

Bejeweled Proposed As A Clinical Treatment For Depression And Anxiety

Published: February 16 2011  By: Mike Fahey

While more mainstream video games are under fire for causing depression, a new study at East Carolina University finds that playing casual puzzle games is an effective way to combat clinical depression and anxiety. Guess who underwrote the study?... Go to full article

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