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10 Surprising Facts About Using Brain Training to Fight Dementia
Date:10/28/2008

Stay Brain-Active: It's National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ - - 'Use it or lose it' is a phrase originally coined to express the benefits of keeping physically fit, but it is equally valid when applied to brain fitness. Numerous studies have shown that regular brain training sessions -- aptly referred to as neurobics in some circles -- can help stave off dementia and even the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

In honor of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, brain fitness program developer Dakim, Inc., shares information about how to give your gray matter a good workout, why the right kind of exercise can fortify your mental capacities, and what research says about using brain calisthenics to defend yourself against memory loss.

1 -- Mental decline is not inevitable. In recent years researchers have found that adults can actually grow new brain cells, reversing a long-held belief that brainpower lost in the aging process cannot be regenerated.

2 -- You can build a 'savings account' of extra neurons -- known as a cognitive reserve -- that can help offset those you lose as you age. A 2006 data analysis in the Public Library of Science's PLoS One journal estimated that a mere 5 percent increase in the cognitive reserve has the potential to prevent one third of Alzheimer's cases worldwide.

3 -- Frequent cognitive activity can reduce dementia risk up to 63%. That was the conclusion of the Bronx Aging study, which followed a group of 75- to 85-year-olds for many years. Those who participated frequently in activities such as reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles, playing a musical instrument, or playing board games or cards were 63% less likely to develop dementia than those with less lively cognitive calendars.

4 -- Brain training may slow Alzheimer's effects. One oft-cited case is that of Richard Wetherill, a retired university lecturer and talented chess playe
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