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6/24/09

Advice for aging Americans

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As the nation's Baby Boomers age, it is projected that in the next two decades, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65.  So, Wednesday in Washington, experts gave some tips based on science on how to prevent the so-called brain fade as we get older. 

The strongest message at that Washington briefing Wednesday was that exercising the brain is just as important as exercising the body.  Scientists presented several studies with the same evidence that mentally challenging activities, along with aerobic exercise and social interaction could actually slow down the brain fade.  However, they said, the jury is still out on whether computer games really can your boost brainpower. 

"There needs to be much more research that asks whether these memory-training, or reasoning-training, products actually translate into living a higher quality life: being able to work longer, being able to drive longer.  Being able to live independently", Professor Arthur Kramer of the University of Illinois says. 

The best news from Washington is that you are never too old to stop learning and if you combine intellectually challenging activities with a good diet, you will give yourself the best chance at delaying dementia.

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