I have noticed a recent trend in the promotion of websites, books and magazines devoted to the subject of exercising the brain in an effort to retain mental acuity over a longer period of time. While usually geared toward seniors, recent studies have shown how the benefits apply universally — that is to say not just limited to older folks, but across the board. Like any other muscle in the body, the brain needs regular positive stimulation in order to keep it at peak efficiency, not to mention longevity.
Researchers revealed that engaging in cognitively stimulating activities both early and late in life is associated with slower late-life cognitive decline.
And just like exercise, if the stimulation is not fun — or at least enjoyable — we won’t do it. Which brings us to “Escape Rooms”, the generic term for places where people attempt to solve their way through a room or series of rooms with a time deadline. Quandary – An Escape Room Experience, is ours, but there are many to choose from, even within the small state of Connecticut.
I found an interesting website article about this and would like to share part of it with you:
Stimulating Your Brain Throughout Life Provides Protection Later On
The research suggests that the sooner you start challenging your mind, the better, as those with more frequent cognitive activity over their lifespan fared the best, cognitively, in their later years. Researchers wrote:
“More frequent cognitive activity across the life span has an association with slower late-life cognitive decline that is independent of common neuropathologic conditions, consistent with the cognitive reserve hypothesis.”
The cognitive reserve hypothesis suggests that people with greater cognitive abilities (education, knowledge, etc.) have better cognitive function later in life, and may even be able to delay some symptoms of dementia despite physical changes in the brain that would typically be related to such symptoms in others.
The latest study supports this hypothesis, as have many before it. One such study showed, for example, that mice with the rodent equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease given high levels of cognitive activity throughout their lives were protected against memory impairment.2 The researchers noted:
“ … our data suggest that humans who emphasize a high lifelong level of cognitive activity (over and above social and physical activities) will attain the maximal environmental protection against AD [Alzheimer’s disease].”
Information taken from: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/08/01/brain-exercise.aspx