More Brain Drain Stuff

Meningitis Brain
Image courtesy of National Institute on Aging

So… based on your very kind, honest, and funny feedback to my last post, it appears that Cards Against Humanity, while being fun and completely aligned with my temperament, may not be the game best suited for building up my brain muscle.

I know there are several companies out there now that say they have games and apps that will improve one’s cognitive function and may hold diseases like Alzheimer’s at bay. However, those companies were pretty much debunked by a group of neuroscientists with this.

The good news is that there may actually be one game out there that does improve brain function.

From the LA Times:

If you’re intent on keeping dementia at bay, new research suggests you’ll need more than crossword puzzles, aerobic exercise and an active social life. In a study released Sunday, researchers found that older adults who did exercises to shore up the speed at which they processed visual information could cut by nearly half their likelihood of cognitive decline or dementia over a 10-year period…

The data that the LA Times is reporting from was presented at the Alzheimer’s Assn.’s International Conference.

The study the data was drawn from was conducted by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging.

The game used in the study found to be effective is called Double Decision.

Of course you have to become a paid subscriber to play the game. If you pay monthly, it costs $14.00. If you pay annually, it costs $8.00.

A monthly membership to Golds Gym costs around $25.00 a month.

I am not yet sure if I am going to subscribe to play the game but I am sure, based upon your feedback and my research, that muscles, brains or otherwise, are expensive to build and maintain.


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    • My grandpa always used to say that he could speak to you in any language except Greek. However, if you asked him to say something in say, French, he would just shrug his shoulders and say that it was all Greek to him. 🙂

  1. Learning second languages is one of the best ways to exercise your brain and keep dementia at bay according to scientific research. So it seems that you might be just fine, Kurt! 😉 Perhaps learn some Greek?

  2. There is a fairly strong consensus that aerobic exercise and social engagement are helpful. I would guess that serious efforts to think outside of the box about tough problems is helpful too, whether or not anything that might actually solve the problems emerges. If unifying quantum mechanics and general relativity sounds too easy, U might want to ponder how it is that the pols who are most strident about wanting to keep Americans “safe” are also the ones who think appeasing the NRA is more important than making it harder for crazies like Adam Lanza to murder school children and their teachers.


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