Keeping that Mind Sharp: Video Games vs. Everyday Activities

While there’s a ton of hype around electronic games, like Nintendo’s Brain Age, for boomers and seniors to keep their minds sharp, some scientists say that engaging in a range of social, mental and physical activities can do the trick. Staying socially active, engaging in frequent intellectual activities, and exercising will all contribute to better cognitive fitness. Read the whole Buffalo News article.

Some types of suggested activities are volunteering, working on crossword puzzles, recalling books or movies for friends, and taking a walk. One researcher advises to “travel, go to the theater, go to museums, take a dance class” to increase cognitive function and delay dementia. That sounds much better than sitting around and playing a video game.

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