Are you failing to engage regularly in brain aerobic exercises because you aren’t convinced that it will help to age-proof your brain? Think again. Kurzweil News reported on a study by UCLA researchers. They studied 59 participants who were recruited from local retirement communities in Southern California. The average age was 84. The study found that that older adults who regularly used a brain fitness program played on a computer demonstrated significantly improved memory and language skills. The volunteers were split into two groups: the first group used a brain fitness program for an average of 73 twenty-minute sessions over a six-month period; the second group played it less than 45 times during the same period. Researchers found that the first group demonstrated significantly higher improvement in memory and language skills, compared to the second group. Age-related memory decline affects approximately forty percent of older adults and is characterized by self-perception of memory loss and decline in memory performance. Get busy age-proofing your brain! (Source)

It is known that in adult brains, brain activity helps new nerve cells form and existing ones survive. That is why older people are often told to keep their brains active by doing crossword puzzles and other exercises. (Scripps Research Scientists Find Nerve Cell Activity Drains Stem Cell Pool in Developing Brain, 2010. (Source)

There is now good scientific evidence to show that exercising the brain can slow, delay, and protect against age-related decline. Brain training is gaining in popularity (e.g., Sudoku, MindFit software). (Geoghegan, Tom.Mind Games, article)