America has an obsession with brain games. Older adults worry more about Alzheimer’s than any other health threat, so they sit home every night doggedly playing Sudoku or doing crossword puzzles in the hopes that will somehow protect them from dementia.
Unfortunately, it won’t. Not according to a report from the Global Council on Brain Health (or any of the leading neurologists I’ve ever interviewed). Here’s the problem with so-called brain games. If you play them, you get better at that game, but there’s little or no evidence that they enhance broader cognition or prevent dementia.
But plenty of other forms of cognitive stimulation has been proven to protect your brain, and in this video, Sarah Lock, executive director of the Global Council, tells us what they are.
For more on how cognitive stimulation can lead to better brain health, and to get my free Brain Training Resource Guide, click here.
Get the Global Council on Brain Health report (and its nine recommendations) by clicking here.