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CERTAIN MENTAL EXERCISES CAN OFFSET SOME OF THE EXPECTED DECLINE in older adults’ thinking skills. They show promise for maintaining cognitive abilities needed to do everyday tasks such as shopping, making meals and handling finances, according to a new study. The research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the Dec. 20, 2006, Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that some of the benefits of short-term cognitive training persisted for as long as five years.

Beyond middle age, people worry about their mental sharpness getting ‘rusty.’ This study offers hope that cognitive training may be useful,” notes Richard Suzman, Ph.D. “.. relatively brief targeted cognitive exercises can produce durable changes in the skills taught.”

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Follow the link to  http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters/january2007/01122007skills.htm

 

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