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What kinds of brain exercises should I do?

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Pick ones that keep your brain active and challenged. For instance:

  • Learn something new, such as a second language or a musical instrument.
  • Play board games with your family. Or get your friends together for a weekly game of cards. Mix it up by trying new games. The extra bonus of activities like these? Social connections also help your brain.
  • Work on crossword, number, jigsaw, or other kinds of puzzles.
  • Play online memory games or video games.
  • Read, write, or sign up for adult education classes.

From: Brain Exercises and Dementia WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 10/21/2018

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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."

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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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