Some exciting new research shows it may be possible to do something to reduce your risk of developing dementia as you grow older.
The study found that cognitive training (brain training exercises) can make a difference for some people. This was a long-term study that found after 10 years of cognitive training, fewer people developed dementia in the treatment group than in the control group.
“This is exciting,” said Dr. Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs at the Alzheimer's Association. "This is really the first time ever reported on a large-scale clinical trial such as this a positive effect of cognitive training on the development of dementia."
Keep in mind: Cognitive training is not the same as those widely-advertised brain games.
"People should not run out and purchase some of these brain games that are available for their iPhone and think that's what they need to do to prevent dementia as they age,” Dr. Fargo cautioned. This is something that needs to be done with professional guidance.
The computerized brain-training exercise is commercially available as the “Double Decision” game, one of a suite of cognitive exercises marketed online by the San Francisco-based Posit Science Corp., according to the LA Times.