We are all familiar with the popular saying “a busy mind is a happy one”, and there is strong support to the hypothesis that maintaining active cognitive function can help to ward off dementia in old-age, but how much truth is there in it?
It’s surely also no surprise that millions of people across the world play brain training games or complete puzzles, yet it appears that the significance and benefit of this pastime has been overlooked, until recently.
Our brains are wonderful super-computers sitting in our skulls, and like any other muscle in the body, regular exercise improves performance and health. Recent research from the Alzheimer’s Society and King’s College London have found that regular brain training exercises can help to improve cognitive function in older people.
The in-depth study concluded that playing brain training games, such as those from the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency, helped participants aged 60 and over get on better with their daily lives across a 6-month period.
This evidence is the first of its kind that supports cognitive training as an effective way to improve the daily lives of older people, and as such has earned a well-deserved place in this infographic from Age UK mobility: an A to Z of how you can help older people: