cognitive skills

Grandmas Who Babysit Stay Sharp, But Don’t Overdo It

Posted on 04/17/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBabysitting the grandkids can help boost grandma’s brain power, but doing it too much may have the opposite effect — possibly because grandma is feeling resentful, new research finds. The study of 120 Australian grandmothers, ages 57 to 68, wanted to see whether minding grandchildren played a role in helping postmenopausal women stay sharp as they aged. Previous research had shown that staying involved in social activities with friends or relatives helps improve cognitive function in older adults. >> Sign …

Young vs. Old: Which Workers Are More Consistent?

Posted on 08/12/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHaving a bad day at work? If you are, you’re probably in your 20s, says a new German study that finds that workers age 65-plus are cognitively more consistent, reliable and productive than workers much younger. The researchers, from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, wanted to see if there really were “good” and “bad” days in terms of cognitive performance on the job, and whether age made a difference, according to the study published last month …

More Proof That an Active Brain Slows Dementia

Posted on 07/9/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA  new study adds to the growing evidence that the best way to stay mentally sharp into your 80s and beyond is to keep your brain busy with reading, writing and learning new things. Researchers found that being “cognitively active” both early and later in life was tied to better performance on memory tests among people in their 80s, Reuters reported. Even when brain autopsies were done on study participants who passed away, researchers found those who kept mentally busy …

No, Really, This Video Game Is Making Me Smarter

Posted on 05/7/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhich do you think keeps your brain sharper — completing a leisurely crossword puzzle on the computer or playing a fast-paced computer video game that requires you to match fleeting images? Sorry, crossword puzzlers, but the quick-thinking skills needed to play a video game could help slow age-related cognitive decline, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Iowa tested 681 healthy adults over age 50 who were assigned to play either a video game called “Road Tour” (since …

Who’re You Calling Slow? Older Brains Can Match Young Ones, Study Says

Posted on 12/29/2011 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAre older brains slower to make decisions? Yes, but they’re just as accurate as young  brains — even up to ages 85 and 90, new research finds. “Many people think that it is just natural for older people’s brains to slow down as they age, but we’re finding that isn’t always true,”  Roger Ratcliff, professor of psychology at Ohio State University, said in a press release. “At least in some situations, 70-year-olds may have response times similar to those of …