Brain Teasers Can Cut Dementia Risk

It’s long been suggested that one way to stave off dementia in older age is to continue to challenge the brain with crossword puzzles, Sudoku, lectures and classes. But cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists have continually warned that no hard evidence exists to prove this contention.

Today, that may have changed: preliminary findings of a 10-year study indicate that a computerized brain training program that tests mental quickness decreased the onset of dementia among healthy people by 48%. With 5 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s—a number that’s expected to rise considerably as the Baby Boom generation gets older—research like this provides hope that the considerable suffering caused by the now-incurable disease may be reduced.

Read more at NBC News.

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