Tag Archives: Cognitive-challenge

Brain Exercises Help People with Dementia

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
Lifelong participation in intellectually stimulating activities (reading, writing, playing bridge, etc.) is associated with lower risks of developing dementia. But is participating in stimulating activities helpful once one has developed dementia? A recent review of studies that tried to answer this question suggests that the answer is “yes”. Continue reading

Stimulating Mental Activities Decrease Risks of Dementia

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

In 2002, Dr. Wilson from the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging published the results of the Religious Order Study. In this study, 801 older Catholic clergy members were followed for 4.5 years. At the beginning of the study, participants were asked how long they typically spent on cognitive activities such as viewing TV, listening to radio, reading newspapers, reading magazines, reading books, playing games such as cards, crosswords and other puzzles and going to museums. Twenty cognitive tests were used to measure mental functioning. Continue reading