Tuesday 27 June 2017

Problem-solving boosts memory

Operating a computer, especially for an older person, can be challenging. Stock Image
Operating a computer, especially for an older person, can be challenging. Stock Image

What are the best ways of maintaining memory and cognitive skills?

It's something we should all be mindful of in our middle years. About 41,740 people in Ireland have dementia and 4,000 new cases arise every year.

The numbers are expected to more than treble over the next 30 years. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the following activities can be effective:

• computer use;

• crafting activities;

• social activities;

• playing games.

People who performed these activities at least one to two times per week had less decline in memory and thinking skills than those who did them two to three times per month or less.

Reading plenty of books and newspapers regularly didn't seem to confer the same benefits for thinking and memory, the study suggested.

A good brain workout appears to require different levels of intellectual stimulation, such as thinking out problems in your mind and then manipulating objects to create the solution.

Operating a computer, especially for an older person, can be challenging. Things always go wrong, forcing the user to problem-solve.

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