Even though we cannot cure dementia, there are a few things that we can do to make sure that our brain remains ‘active’, even as we get on in life. These are a few of the different ways that people are able to train against dementia.
Method #1 – Work Socially Complex Jobs
Even though this is not necessarily a training option, there are studies that reveal that you can affect memory decline because of the type of work you do. Those who have jobs that involve complex interactions with others tended to do far better. This is probably because the brains are being challenged, forced to think. As a result, the links and bonds are strengthened.
Method #2 – Strategy-Based Reasoning Training
According to studies from The University of Texas at Dallas, we can improve our cognitive performance through strategy-based reasoning training. Studies revealed that it was possible to recall more information and understand more complex information. In fact, even a single session led to an increase in the number of details that people were able to retain. The latest details were published in the journal International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, a story published online in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Method #3 – Computerized Brain Training
A group of 2,832 cognitively healthy seniors took part in a study from the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly. According to the results, those seniors who took part in computerized brain training exercises showed a tremendous benefit – they experienced 33 percent less cognitive decline than their counterparts without any training. The decrease in dementia risks were even better, a massive 48 percent lower chance of developing brain impairment when compared to those participants without any training.
The goal behind the computer brain training was to increase the speed with which our brain manages visual processing. This is a cognitive skill that we know decreases as we get older. Despite the fact that there are no guarantees, it is certainly promising to learn that there are actual steps being taken to help reduce instances of dementia.