Anyone who has had a loved one diagnosed with dementia understands the heartache and hopelessness that comes from watching a loved one slowly decline. Most would do anything to stop or at least slow down the progression of the disease. For decades, researchers have searched for some way to minimize its impact. After years of setbacks, a new, 10 year study offers hope. According to the Wall Street Journal (“A Speed-Training Brain Exercise Puts Off Dementia”), the study called, “Active” for Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly, found that 11 to 14 hours of mental speed training has the potential to cut by as much as 48% the risk of developing dementia 10 years later. As stated by the chairman of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, Michael Roizen “[i]f you can reduce the chance of getting dementia by nearly 50% with this, that’s huge.” The ground breaking study is believed to be first to demonstrate that a behavioral intervention can reduce the incidence of dementia.
The exercise used in the study was acquired by Posit Science and is available online for a monthly subscription at www.Brainhq.com. While further study is needed to replicate these results, this is encouraging news for millions of families.