A recent post from Carol Bradley Bursack of ElderCareLink challenges the notion that people need to exercise their brains with complex mind games, in order to preserve cognitive health.
As usual, many people (particularly Boomers) have a tendency to jump on fads that may forestall a condition like Alzheimer’s, which so many people contemplate with dread. But does Sudoku really give you an edge? Artificial brain games may eventually suffer the same fate as nutritionals like beta-carotene have when put to rigorous testing. Sometimes when you take a good concept (like certain vegetables) and try to “distill and bottle” one component for rapid consumption, the results are less than stellar.
Perhaps, as Bradley Bursack suggests, it is the actual process of engagement–using your brain in stimulating and meaningful ways–that improves barin health, rather than sterile brain teasers.
Food for thought. Here’s the post: http://blog.eldercarelink.com/2011/01/hardcore-brain-training-may-not-be-all-that-helpful/