Brain Calisthenics – The Next Big Thing


As the baby boomers age, they are fearful of the brain going soft so to speak. A new trend has just started gaining traction that focuses on the keeping the brain active and vibrant with tools and tricks.

BrainageFrom “brain gyms” on the Internet to “brain-healthy” foods and activities at assisted living centers, the programs are aimed at baby boomers anxious about entering their golden years and at their parents trying to stave off memory loss or dementia.

This is going to be one of the hottest topics in the next five years — it’s going to be huge,” said Nancy Ceridwyn, co-director of special projects for the American Society on Aging. “The challenge we have is it’s going to be a lot like the anti-aging industry: how much science is there behind this?” Read the rest at the  New York Times.

The Nintendo DS has a game out called Brain Age that we got for my son. It is full of short fun games that make the brain focus and is purported to activate the frontal lobe. I do not know how effective it is, but is can be lots of fun to play for my son and his parents.

Posted December 28, 2006 by
Fun, Personal, Technology | 3 comments

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    3 Responses to “Brain Calisthenics – The Next Big Thing”

    1. tuyvnsurvivor on December 28th, 2006 11:13 am

      Guess the old hippy generation will try to find a quick and attractive ‘wrap’. Carefull, I am from that era…get the salt.

      Think a one or few tricks will not do it. Cinnamon, I do like for a one, but it cannot off set activity, keeping blood pressure down, colesterol checked, teeth in good shape, games that have a need for rapid forward thinking, certain vitimins, life long denial of bad things put in the mouth and nose, opting for nice genetics, lucky enough to stand clear of insecticides and pesticides, at some distance from the nearest bulk radiation, keen on having a finer outlook, absolutely challenge wildly new experiences, a little music participation, onboard a sense of humor even if it gets you in trouble all these decades, and (for me) excuses for being a horrible speller. In the end it is having fun and feeling usefull, not the preserving of a prune, top notch idea hippies. Where’s the free love? What the hey.

    2. Miss-Underestimated on December 28th, 2006 2:56 pm

      I heard that weed and booze kill brain cells, do you think that may have something to do with Brain Age?

    3. tuyvnsurvivor on December 28th, 2006 7:32 pm

      Not sure about weed, as I did not know too many of that crowd, but I have known bunches of boozers, and my take on it is the stuff kills the brain off by yearly notices, far beyond average wear and tear…in my notice it does other ills as well, though that is not the topic.

      The talk comes up, it is easy to see shoring up of how one sort of booze or another is supposed to be good for us. Weed too.

      There is no way to talk this way however, without being scrooge, albeit with faults and ordinary ambitions. Non’s are sure to do less down time than those going high, long or short, steady and ready, on a par qualifying run.

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