Play some games to help keep your mind sharp

game-on-featuresdI'm sure you have heard the expression "use it or lose it" countless times. It's especially true for our brains for anyone 50+. I can't understand how some people can write an auto biography, when I can barely remember what I had for lunch yesterday 😉 Anyway... I've been reading about how games can help keep our minds sharp.

In an article on WebMD, titled Games to Keep You Young, Jennifer Soong says:

Playing certain video games can help improve split-second decision making, hand-eye coordination, and, in some cases, auditory perception, says Ezriel Kornel, MD, of Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York in Westchester County. “It’s actually a very complex set of tasks that your brain is going through.”

It’s not enough, though, to just pick up a game and play it for a few minutes, Kornel tells WebMD. You have to actually improve at it -- and to improve you have to be learning.

“Anytime the brain is in learning mode,” Kornel says, “there are new synapses forming between the neurons. So you’re creating thousands of connections that can then be applied to other tasks as well.”

Learning, is the keyword. According to an article on Time, Anita Hamilton writes, "In one study, presented last year at the Cognitive Neuroscientist Society's annual meeting, psychologist and neuroscientist Helena Westerberg of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm compared the cognitive abilities of 45 young adults (average age 25) with those of 55 older adults (average age 65). She found that after five weeks of computerized training on tasks ranging from reproducing a series of light flashes to repeating digits in the opposite order that they were given, the older group was able to reach the same level of working memory, attention and reaction time that the younger group had at the outset."

Anti-aginggames.com offers online games and claim their games can help stave off early memory loss. It doesn't prevent Alzheimer's, dementia, or other cognitive conditions, but may help delay the onset. Have a look at the video below:

Multiple studies have suggested that people who are more mentally active are less likely to develop aging-related cognitive loss or Alzheimer's disease. So, there you have it in a nut shell. They recommend two sessions per week, at 30 minutes per session is all that it takes.

The only downside to this that I can see is they charge $12.99 per month to access the games. It is of course your choice to decide to sign up, but there are lots of other places to get games too. Click here to do a search on Amazon for a number of games and anti aging products.

Bgames has over 4000 free online games, including shooting games, arcade free games, racing car games, dress up games and many more.

Addictinggames.com has tons of free games.

If the idea is that you learn as you play, it probably doesn't matter what games you play. Click here to do a search on Google for numerous other sites offering free games.

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