Brain training “doesn’t prevent dementia”

Brain Training ‘Doesn’t Prevent Dementia’

Doing crossword puzzles and sudoku regularly might be fun, but it won’t necessarily slow the rate of cognitive decline in your brain.

That’s the finding of a new study, which revealed that doing these kinds of intellectual puzzles regularly doesn’t slow down your decline or prevent dementia.

However, the research carried out at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Aberdeen University, did note that doing these activities throughout your life does give people higher mental abilities and therefore a “higher cognitive point” to decline from.

Dr Roger Staff, who led the study, told the BBC that even though they may not prevent mental decline, doing such activities isn’t a waste of time.

The news provider also pointed out that there are no scientific studies that suggest brain training and other similar mental exercises will prevent the onset of dementia.

Chief scientific officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK Dr David Reynolds, spoke to the news provider about the research and noted that there are a number of things people can do to maintain a healthy brain as they age, in addition to staying mentally active.

“Keeping physically fit, eating a healthy balanced diet, not smoking, drinking within recommended guidelines and keeping weight, cholesterol and blood pressure in check are all good ways to support a healthy brain,” he said.

Earlier this month, health secretary Matt Hancock outlined some of the progress made in caring for those with dementia and better understanding the disease.

He pointed out that one million staff in the NHS have received dementia training since 2013, with a similar number of social care staff also learning about the condition. He also noted that the dementia diagnosis rate has improved, helping people with the disease and their families get the support they need sooner.

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