Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Report challenges claims of cognitive benefits of online brain-training games

 So what is your doctor suggesting for cognitive challenges to keep your brain sharp? ANYTHING AT ALL?
Maybe this?

The Next 9 Foods You Should Eat To Enhance Cognition

or this?

Scientists show cognitive enhancing drugs can improve chess play

or these 14 posts on brain training?

 

 
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/report-brain-training-games-cognitive-benefits-claims/
NEW YORK -- Can you keep your mind sharp -- as you age -- by playing so-called brain games?
A report Tuesday by AARP focused on what has become a $1.3 billion business.
Ads for online brain-training games tout their cognitive benefits saying they improve memory, brain speed and attention. But the report called the evidence behind these claims of cognitive benefits "weak to nonexistent."
Sarah Lock, executive director of the AARP's Global Council on Brain Health, shed light on the report.


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Sarah Lock, executive director of the AARP's Global Council on Brain Health
CBS News
"They might get better at the game but what we don't know is how that's going to affect your everyday functioning," Lock told CBS News. "So you might get better at the game but it's not going to help you manage your finances any better."
Training to improve one type of cognitive ability -- like memory -- doesn't end up improving other skills such as how fast you process information.
And the report says there's often exaggerating when these products are marketed.
Last year, the FTC fined the makers of Luminosity $2 million for claiming its games could help users reduce or delay age-related cognitive impairment.
The good news is that cognitively stimulating activities are easy to find, such as learning a new skill. At the Greenwich House Senior Center, Betty Tiago is taking up art.
"I think anything creative helps to stimulate your brain," Tiago said.


Betty Tiago
CBS News
Other ideas to help improve cognitive benefits are activities that are novel and require focus and have a level of depth and engagement.
Some recommendations from the AARP include:
  • Educational opportunities (formal or informal including volunteering)
  • Learn new skill (music or language)
  • Leisure activities (playing cards, playing with children)
  • Mentally and physically stimulating activities (tennis and dancing)

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