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

r who became concerned when he could see only five chess moves ahead instead of eight. Although neurologic tests were normal, an autopsy when he died soon after revealed advanced Alzheimer's disease, suggesting that the condition had been kept in check by bolstering his brain with chess and other intellectual 'push-ups.'

5 -- A short-term brain workout program is not enough. Many studies indicate that the benefits of cognitive training are lost if it is not done on a regular basis. Consistent, long-term mental stimulation appears to be the key to reducing the risk of memory loss and dementia.

6 -- If you don't enjoy it, you will fail. That's because you won't stick with anything that's too boring or too hard. Choose fun activities or brain fitness programs that self-adjust the level of challenge for different ability levels.

7 -- Cross-training counts. Focusing solely on bridge, sudoku or any other single activity will not exercise all of the cognitive domains considered necessary to keep brains agile. Combining activities that address areas such as short- and long-term memory, critical thinking, visuospatial orientation, calculation and language is a better strategy.

8 -- Teaching your old brain some new tricks can help. Learn a new language, take saxophone lessons, teach yourself how to use an iPod or iPhone -- anything that flexes your mental muscles can contribute to building new brain circuits.

9 -- Even people with dementia may see improvements. In one case, a woman who had not spoken a word for a year suddenly resumed speaking after completing a Dakim [m]Power Cognitive Fitness System exercise containing piano music. Her first sentence: "I wish I had learned to play piano when I was a little girl."

10 -- Physical exercise is brain exercise, too. Cardiovascular and strength training also boost brainpower by generating more blood flow to the brain, supplying oxygen and nutrients, and promoting the growth of new brain ce
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