In recent years as the incidence of Alzheimer’s has increased exponentially in this country and ads for Brain Training Games have expanded even more! People rushed to spend hundreds of dollars on these “Brain Games” in an effort to protect themselves from developing this strange and debilitating disorder. The prospect of developing Alzheimer’s is so frightening that people were willing to try anything. They’ve been rushing to purchase these games, although there was no research to back the claims being made by the developers and marketers of the games—that demonstrates the effectiveness of Brain Games in the prevention of Alzheimer’s.
One manufacturer claims that their games train the brain and increase its effectiveness in the following areas:
· Working memory
· Problem solving
· Short-term memory.
When these “Brain Training Games” first appeared on the market, I “knew” their claims were way off. In fact I suggested to couple of my older clients they should save their money because I was pretty sure these games would do little or nothing to prevent Alzheimer’s. Apparently I was not alone in questioning these claims—in fact several groups of researchers were also skeptical and began to test the claims being made—to see if Brain Training Games could help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.
The research showed that these Brain Games were no more likely to prevent the development of Alzheimer’s than garden variety video games available now on most Smart phones. So what is a person to do? How or what can prevent Alzheimer’s? The answer is—“Grow Your Brain!”
Until quite recently it was accepted in medical circles that a brain cannot increase in functionality or size, but rather continues to decrease in size and efficacy as the individual ages. However, following the completion of the Human Genome Project around 2002, epigenetics rose to the fore in science. Epigenetics is a sub-discipline of biology that explores heritable changes in gene expression that do not involve changes in the underlying DNA. In other words, epigenetics is concerned with the effects of the environment on gene expression.
There are many activities or events that can grow new pathways in the brain that make the brain larger. The larger the brain the more cognitive abilities the individual possesses. This more capable and larger brain reduces the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s. On the top of the list are Peak Experiences! For example, recently two men made it to the top of Mount Everest without oxygen! Anyone who remembers the news clip can see the absolute joy on their faces! This was a Peak Experience for each of them!
Most people will not be climbing Mount Everest soon, but anyone can have a Peak Experience—do something wonderful, do something you love, do something that brings you JOY! These fantastic experiences with grow new neuronal pathways in the brain!
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