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Playing Brain Training Games Might Actually Help Change The Day You Die.
New findings from a decade-long study show that a computerized brain training program could cut the risk of dementia among healthy adults by 48 percent. The data was presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Toronto, and it’s the first plausible intervention that could delay the development of dementia in normal, healthy adults.
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Here's How The Study Worked:
The study, known as "Active," examined the effects of cognitive training programs on 2,785 healthy adults. Participants were divided into three groups: One group got training for memory improvement, another for reasoning, and the last with computerized training focused on speed-of-processing.
Participants were given ten one-hour training sessions classrooms over five weeks. Some received four additional "booster" sessions one or two years after the original work. Scientists then measured cognitive and functional changes at one, two, three, five, and ten years after the training to see how the study affected participants.
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Results Are Incredibly Promising.
People who completed 11 or more speed training sessions were at 48 percent less risk for developing dementia over the ten years of the study, as reported by Dr. Jerri Edwards of the University of South Florida.
"At first blush, that's kind of a big deal," Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's expert Dr. Ronald Petersen told NBC News.
The analysis will now go on to be peer reviewed by other academics, but as many experts note, the results are extremely promising.
Try These Brain Games Yourself:
Despite the lack of absoluteness to the findings, it can't hurt to try brain training apps like Lumosity or Happify. Bonus: They're a whole lot of fun, too.
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