Games are not just for playing!
People who play video games that are especially designed to improve processing speed and ability may delay age-related cognitive decline by as much as seven years. According to a new study conducted by University of Iowa researchers, challenging your brain with special brain games for as little as two hours a week can have a significant impact on the brain’s aging process.
The study was conducted using 681 healthy individuals, aged 50 and older, who played 10 hours of a special video game. According to Fredric Wolinsky, professor at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health and lead author of the study, “We've shown that 10 hours is enough to slow the decline by several years - from a minimum of a year-and-a-half all the way up to about six-and-a-half years of recovery or improvement. From just 10 to 14 hours of training, that's quite a lot of improvement.”
A study using the BrainTrain’s Captain’s Log system (Eckroth-Bucher, et al, 2009) previously demonstrated statistically significant improvements on Dementia Rating Scale scores for mildly and moderately impaired treatment participants using the software.
Live Science, an online publication that reported on the Iowa study, also lists other important research-based ways to help the brain stay young - regular aerobic exercise, a healthful high fiber diet, getting enough sleep, drinking two-four cups of coffee per day, eating fish, and taking the time to pursue relaxing activities.