"Brain training may also deliver social and economic benefits, as there is evidence to suggest that if people feel in control and are thinking sharper, they are less likely to contemplate an early retirement," he said.
Alzheimer's Australia WA identified Posit Science's brain fitness programs as the world's most effective memory and sensory enhancement products following an extensive two-year search, and a review undertaken by the Centre for Research on Ageing at Curtin University of Technology.
Posit Science Vice-President Eric Mann said the brain fitness programs were designed with the older person in mind and are very easy to use.
"They are meant to be used 40-60 minutes a day and for a total of 10 to 40 hours over a 90 day period in order to match the results shown in the studies," he said. "Of course, many people decide just to incorporate brain exercise into their regimen for 3-5 hours a week on a continuous basis."
The levels of scientific scrutiny that have gone into the programs were more extensive than any study into the effectiveness of specific mental activities such as doing crosswords and Sudoku.
Australia's Aged Care Commissioner Rhonda Parker said that maintaining mental sharpness is one of the keys to successful ageing.
"Brain fitness training challenges the notion that we are somehow pre-programmed to inevitable decline in later life. In fact, the data shows that much of the decline in later life is the result of lifestyle choices, and training the brain works in the same way that fitness training benefits the body," Ms Parker said.
She said studies have shown that the brain's natural plasticity means the brain has the capacity to grow and change right up until death, enabling brain fitness training to not only slow decline in mental sharpness, but reverse some of the loss already experienced.
|SOURCE Alzheimer's Australia WA Ltd.|
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