Short Mental Workouts May Slow Decline of Aging Minds

Posted on December 20, 2006  Comments (1)

Short Mental Workouts May Slow Decline of Aging Minds, Study Finds by Shankar Vedantam:

the brief training sessions seemed to confer enormous benefits as many as five years later. That would be as if someone went to the gym Monday through Friday for the first two weeks of the new year, did no exercise for five years, and still saw significant physical benefits in 2012.

The researchers also showed that the benefits of the brain exercises extended well beyond the specific skills the volunteers learned. Older adults who did the basic exercises followed by later sessions were three times as fast as those who got only the initial sessions when it came to activities of daily living, such as reacting to a road sign, looking up a number in a telephone book or checking the ingredients on a medicine bottle — abilities that can spell the difference between living independently and needing help.

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One Response to “Short Mental Workouts May Slow Decline of Aging Minds”

  1. Can Brain Exercises Prevent Mental Decline?
    January 13th, 2007 @ 10:33 am

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