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How can brain exercises help delay memory loss or dementia?

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When people keep their minds active, their thinking skills are less likely to decline, medical research shows. So games, puzzles, and other types of brain training may help slow memory loss and other mental problems.

From: Brain Exercises and Dementia WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 10/21/2018

SOURCES:

Williams, J. Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments No. 193, April 2010. Preventing Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Decline,

NIH News: "Mental Exercise Helps Maintain Some Seniors' Thinking Skills."

Wilson, R. , September 2010. Neurology

Meng, X. , 2012. PLoS One

Alzheimer's Foundation: "Prevention," "Stay Mentally Active."

AARP: "Age-Proof Your Brain."

Maillot, P. , March 2012. Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement

Smith, G., Housen, P., Yaffe, K., Ruff, R., Kennison, R., Mahncke, H., Zelinski, E., Feb. 2009 A cognitive Training Program based on Principles of Brain Plasticity: Results from the Improvement in memory with Plasticity-based Adaptive Cognitive Training (IMPACT) Study,

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Williams, J. Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments No. 193, April 2010. Preventing Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Decline,

NIH News: "Mental Exercise Helps Maintain Some Seniors' Thinking Skills."

Wilson, R. , September 2010. Neurology

Meng, X. , 2012. PLoS One

Alzheimer's Foundation: "Prevention," "Stay Mentally Active."

AARP: "Age-Proof Your Brain."

Maillot, P. , March 2012. Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement

Smith, G., Housen, P., Yaffe, K., Ruff, R., Kennison, R., Mahncke, H., Zelinski, E., Feb. 2009 A cognitive Training Program based on Principles of Brain Plasticity: Results from the Improvement in memory with Plasticity-based Adaptive Cognitive Training (IMPACT) Study,

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

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