Researcher Robert S. Wilson, Ph.D., of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago reports that…clues from neuro-imaging studies suggest the activities that make a difference in brain-boosting are the ones practiced regularly and intensively and…that the beefed-up brain regions give you “a little more mileage out of what you have.” Neurology, online version, September 2010
How To Outsmart Alzheimer’s, Wall Street Journal, March 2010, Dr. Kenneth Kosik, co-director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara recommends “that individuals start efforts to prevent disease in their 50s.”
Wake Forest University School of Medicine in conjunction with National Institutes of Health determined that “a cognitive training intervention improves modality specific attention…of healthy older adults.”
A Cognitive Training Program based on Principles of Brain Plasticity: Results From Improvement In Memory With Plasticity-Based Adaptive Cognitive Training (IMPACT) , Journal of American Geriatric Society, April 2009, reported “improved generalized measures of memory and attention.”
Long Term Effects Of Cognitive training On Everyday Functional Outcomes in Older Adults, Journal of American Medical Association in conjunction with Penn State Department of Human Development and Family Studies, December, 2006 determined that “cognitive training resulted in improved cognitive abilities…that continued 5 years after the initiation of the intervention.”
The largest controlled clinical trial to date, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that cognitive (mental) “training sessions” improved memory, concentration and problem-solving skills in healthy adults ages 65 and older. The effects were powerful and long lasting: They effectively erased 7 to 14 years of normal cognitive decline, and the results lasted for at least two years.