The Advantages of Brain Training at All Ages

By Christina Sevilla; Center Director and Owner of LearningRx- Denver and Centennial
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Consider this: the Alzheimer’s Association cites that about 14 million (approximately 18%) of the 79 million American baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s (or some form of dementia) in their lifetime. And if no cure is found, the U.S. will be faced with nearly a million new cases a year by the middle of the century.

But, it is sometimes hard to know if the changes you are seeing in yourself or your parents are typical signs of aging or if they are more serious makers for Alzheimer’s. Take a look at the chart below from the Alzheimer’s Association website for some clues.

Signs of Alzheimer's

Typical age-related changes

Poor judgment and decision making

Making a bad decision once in a while

Inability to manage a budget

Missing a monthly payment

Losing track of the date or the season

Forgetting which day it is and remembering later

Difficulty having a conversation

Sometimes forgetting which word to use

Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them

Losing things from time to time

As we age our cognitive skills can become weaker and have an impact on our quality of life. These cognitive skills include tools like processing speed, attention, logic and reasoning, visual and auditory processing and both working/short-term memory and long-term memory.

Luckily, there is help. A just-released study of LearningRx adult clients shows that brain training can improve brain function and raise IQ, even for people well into their 70’s.

The right type of brain training can help anyone get smarter. Adults and seniors don’t have to ’settle’ for their current mental capacity. At any age, they can use brain training to improve cognitive skills or to slow and reduce some of the mental effects of aging.

The study of adults aged 20 to 80 who underwent LearningRx brain training in 2009 showed significant increases in every cognitive skill trained and in every age bracket. On average:

  • Executive processing speed increased an average of 46%
  • Long-term memory jumped 66%
  • Short-term memory jumped 39%
  • IQ jumped 11.4 points

Adults and seniors can see huge benefits from the mental exercise of brain training, just as they can from physical exercise. Intense one-on-one brain training improves your brain like a physical trainer would improve you biceps.

Want to know more about how your brain is responding to aging? Or do you want to beef up your brain to keep it strong and healthy as you age? Call LearningRx to book a cognitive skill assessment. The great thing about this assessment is it gives important information about your brain whether you are 21, 35, 60 or 99!