Staving off cognitive decline 1: SCIENTIFIC APPROACH
So I am sure many of you are aware of the fact that with age, our cognitive functions decline. At least for some, that is. According to research of somebody I trust, a large part to that is due to decline in short-term memory.
So what can we do to remain as sharp as we were and possibly get sharper than we were?
Bad news is that computer games like Lumocity offers and similar – well, so the bad news, according to a number of studies (there was a post in Scientific American about that; REALLY wish we could put links in here!!!!) do NOT help with brain functions. Practicing specific computer games only makes you better at that class of a game.
Some studies point to PHYSICAL exercise as a route to maintain the brain agility.
To the best of my knowledge, most VITAMINS have not been shown to be of any use. (If you know of scientific sources saying otherwise, post the citations!!! please!!!!)
I read some discussions – but not with any empirical evaluation so it nmight be total nonsense – that doing things differently, taking different routes, eating unfamiliar dishes, etc. helps fight some negative processes and keep the brain young.
Please weigh in! But please, this thread is for reasonable, empirically tested theories and conversation grounded in what’s scientific. I will make a separate thread for what’s sommon sense, works for you, works for someone you know, should work because it makes sense, like ‘positive attitude’ and everything.
regarding attention and memory games, in particular games like Criminal Minds on Facebook: I have a feeling that I *am* getting better at taking in all the details of a picture having pllayed those. It seems that that particular skill actually translates into something useful in life. I don’t know though if it’s the game or just general awareness and effort in every day life.
Also, I am not aiming to talk about Alzheimers’ and dementia and other sad incurable conditions like that, although if you know something that was proven to work, still do share.
Hi all, I worked in the medical field over 30 years, very stressful, one day at work I could not read or write…over 10 years ago….something in my brain broke…instant medical leave. For a few years no reading/no computer/severe eye/brain pain@5 minutes. I could not even play tetris….BUT….each day I tried…played longer/it took time…then I found this site….I only use a tablet…I’m well over 55…and have been playing games here for years, with due respect to some studies, my short term memory, cognitive abilities, improved alot, I believe, because of playing Brain Games, exercising my brain, making new neuro pathways. Everyone’s brain is different, genetics etc, I did not have lumosity, but playing the different games here has been a god send for me!!! Thank you Hsn! Blessings to all! PS….I can play most all the arcade games on my tablet with flash browsers….always have!!:-) 🙂
I apologise Massha —–As usual I am not following . I was taught to not to look for trouble.
I am known for looking at an interesting subject and studying . I just knew Ms Hayworth had it at an early age.
It is a fear and I should have just read the forum and learned before posting.
A CAR COULD HIT ME TODAY IN A PARKING LOTT DUE TO SOME JERK ON A CELL- So why bother borrowing from something I probably will not get anyway-
BEST TO ALL-
Some ailments there just is no answer. I know I’ve read stories on children witnessing their parent doing crosswords and reading intellectual books and they still came down with Alzheimers.
I know Q10 is supposed to help. On a personal note I think it does help.
where is a good place to read about onset’s dementia and the Alzheimers. I think with Alzheimers I would pull a GRETA GARBO and never let anyone come near me.
Bless those who are dealing with it. I hate to read into things I fear and I began to do double takes on myself but I am going to look into it…BB
I just read not long ago that actress RITA HEYWORTH had alhzeimers at 50 ???? Now this was way before my time so it cannot be alot of anything new as in climate,food sleep or activity , or maybe. I have never read into her life or way of living but even before it was known i read she would set at lavish dinners and just stare into space, and everyone just carried on as if normal and that i think was kind,
Remember when studies reported that lowering caloric intake will prolong life and lower risk for cancer, diabetes, etc? Now there are studies showing that fasting a few times a week will stave off cognitive decline more effectively than lowering calories? Will look for one of those to cite.
When my my mind go’s and Im setting up at OLE SHADY PINES–I hope I can have access to a computer and tele——I will never forget how to shop—it might alter, and become more wild or maybe sedate but I just know I will never forget how to order…ITEM NUMBER MAYBE but not what I see.
Never anything wrong with a little shopping therapy…in moderation. :smileyvery-happy:
MASSHA Is going away to medical school……Do not forget us …..My illiness has symptoms of CREDIT CARD’S HSN —-SHOPPING WHEN IM HAPPY OR WHEN IM BLUE.
I’m going to bake a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting…cream cheese in the batter…all that good stuff…YUM. I’ll say it’s for my own good! :smileyvery-happy:
BRAIN FOOD!!!!!! The darker the chocolate the better!
Here’s my favorite for obvious reasons:
Dr. Desideri of the University of L’Aquila in Italy published studies about how daily chocolate intake (because of the flavanols) can stave off cognitive decline. He even did a study using 90 participants over the age of 70 who already had mild cognitive decline. He split up the group into 3 sections and gave each section various strengths of cocoa. The two sections who drank the most cocoa showed improvement after the eight week study period…
Where’s my chocolate?
NO-LIE HANDS ON MY BIBLE—-I feel very fortunate to be among such indebth and knowledgable ladies….I am amazed at how you are already so studied and advanced-
KEEP IT UP—-LOVE BB
massha, there is scientific evidence that playing a musical instrument can increase cognitive reserve particularly in those who have played at least 10 years and began before age 9 even if they no longer played in later life. Dr. Hanna-Pladdy from Emory has several published studies on these benefits…music is a hot topic lately according to her and fellow researchers because it’s more easy to quantify than playing games for example. Also studies have shown that children who begin playing instruments before age 7 have a thicker anterior corpus callosum that links right and left hemispheres of the brain. Interesting stuff.
My own paternal great grandmother lived to be over 100 as did my great grandfather who lived to be 103. She played the piano until a few months before her death. He worked until he was 90 and walked a few miles to the grocery store every day until shortly before his death. When asked to what did they attribute their longevity he firmly believed that it was the oatmeal they had eaten for breakfast everyday for 80 years!
I am a mentor/moderator at one of the top physics and hard sciences forums on the internet. Learning new things everyday helps keep your mind sharp.
Also, I have read recent studies that brain games that require matching and recall will help keep your brain sharp.
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12.07.14 6:26 PM