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  • Psychologists Maurice Finn and Skye McDonald from the University of New South Wales in Australia found that patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who trained with well-designed programs did improve their sustained attention relative to control subjects.
  • Over the last few decades, researchers have discovered that the brain can fundamentally reorganize itself when confronted with new challenges and that this can occur regardless of age. Evidence suggests that the brain, when given the right exercise, can actually reshape itself to become more efficient. This ability, known by scientists as “neuroplasticity,” has far-reaching implications. Neuroscientists and researchers are continuously discovering new ways for leveraging neuroplasticity to improve the brain's health and performance.
  • Cognitive reserve involves the brain's ability to create new neural pathways and connections that can be used as a mental savings account, a reserve to be drawn upon in time of need.
  • "A one-point increase in cognitive activity corresponds with a 33% reduction in risk of Alzheimer's Disease." — Journal of American Medical Association.
  • Several studies support the hypothesis of cognitive reserve and reinforce the importance of good physical health in keeping the brain fit. One such study is the famous “Nun’s Study” described in Aging with Grace, in which Dr. David Snowdon, a neurologist, and his colleagues followed 700 nuns over more than 20 years. Two extremely important findings have come out of this study: there is a link between vascular episodes, such as stroke and heart attack, and Alzheimer’s and dementia, and stimulating intellectual activity can provide protection from many types of cognitive decline.
  • Based on a study of residents near Columbia University in New York City, Dr. Yaakov Stern has presented strong evidence that education, occupation, and stimulating leisure activities all reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and can modulate brain damage, further reinforcing the cognitive reserve hypothesis that mentally stimulating activities help ward off brain disease. As Dr. Stern has pointed out, cognitive reserve may build the brain’s “software” instead of its “hardware." He is interviewed in an informative msnbc.com article.
  • Treatment for Alzheimer's cost $140B annually and is rising.
  • Several ongoing studies have come to similar conclusions. The Bronx Aging Study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and led by Dr. Joe Verghese, a neurologist, has followed almost 500 people for more than 20 years, observing what they actually do in their lives and what the relationship is between those choices and brain health. The research found that people who participated in mentally stimulating activities, such as interactive games and dancing, four times a week had a 65% to75% better probability of remaining mentally sharp than those who did not participate in these activities.
  • Dr. David Bennett at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago has recently come to the same conclusion after following more than 2,000 people for years. Over time, 134 people died. None of them had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or even mild cognitive decline. But 36% of them had the severe tangles and plaques of Alzheimer’s. This positive news reinforces the “use it or lose it” philosophy; these people had built up enough brain reserve to show no clinical signs of disease, meaning they still exhibited good thinking skills.
  • A study funded by the National Institute of Healing found that cognitive training can counteract 14 years of aged related cognitive decline.
  • In 1998, Dr. Fred Gage of the Sulk Institute in Sweden found, for the first time, that new cells do occur/generate in adult brains.
  • A study determined that by adding neurotropics to neurons, the size of the neuron can increase. This doubling of growth can add mental horse power to your overall cognitive performance. But the key here is that you have to keep exercising your mind, or you will lose it.
  • Dr. Marion Diamond did a study on terminal cancer patients and found that new neurons took up the blue dye found in other neurons whereby indicating that even when you are dying, new neurons can develop.
  • Dr. Brenda Milner discovered that procedural memory does not depend on the hippocampus. She saw that patients who had selective damage here could still learn new skilled hand movements.
  • Many other studies also support cognitive training.

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