Older people can learn new tricks – if they train their brain

Older adults who receive a small amount of brain training continue to see positive effects a decade later, a new study has found.

Previous studies showed that the benefits of cognitive training lasted only up to five years. The new research has found that participants who undertook ten sessions or less of brain training over five to six weeks, were still seeing positive effects up to ten years after the brain training sessions ended.

Participants who received cognitive training reported significantly less difficulty with daily tasks associated with reasoning, memory and fast thought processing.

The researchers suggest that continuing to challenge ourselves to learning new things as we age, as an extension of brain training, is a key to maintaining mental function into old age.

Read more at University of Florida