Staying Independent Longer With Cognitive Training-9c8950

UnCategorized Who doesn’t want to stay independent? When you were growing up, do you remember how it felt when you could finally drive by yourself? Can you even imagine losing that ability? Studies are showing that cognitive training can make a huge difference in the skills required for .petent driving. It is important to know what kinds of training made the biggest impact in driving skills because some of the more familiar brain exercises have more impact than other exercises. Just doing crossword puzzles isn’t going to speed up your reaction time. It’s important to choose an activity that encourages you to give answers quickly in order to stimulate the brain. Dr. Jerri Edwards, an Associate Professor at University of South Florida’s School of Aging Studies was Co-Investigator of the ACTIVE study (2005) aimed toward discovering how cognitive abilities can be maintained and even enhanced with advancing age. Her studies focused on the specific cognitive ability of processing speed. Processing speed is one of the cognitive skills that decline earliest as we age. She was particularly interested in how cognitive interventions might help older adults avoid or at least delay difficulty with daily functioning and thereby maintain their independence longer. Much of her work has focused on the functional ability of driving including assessing driving fitness among older adults. She has also been involved in remediation of cognitive decline that results in driving difficulties. Dr. Edwards wanted to find out how training could improve cognitive abilities and also slow down, or delay cognitive decline. What they found was that those who used a .puter-based program to train processing speed showed great short-term and long-term results. Those individuals who experienced improved speed of processing also showed better performance on tasks of typical activities used in daily living such as finding an item on a cluttered kitchen shelf and reading the text on medicine bottles. They also showed faster reaction to road signs. Their cognitive speed of processing increased by 146-250% and a significant portion of that improvement stayed even five years later. Even though they used very specific training methods in their studies, there are a number of ways that you can give your brain the cognitive exercise it needs. I have found using "Brain Challenge" on Nintendo DS or "Lumosity" on the iTouch or iPhone to be effective in increasing my brain reaction time. You can also do exercises using something as simple as a deck of cards, doing various sorting methods and timing yourself to get faster. What we do now to build our brain resiliency can make the possibility of our being independent well into our old age a reality! About the Author: 相关的主题文章: