The brain exercise proven to cut dementia risk


So you’ve been diagnosed with mild cognitive
impairment and you’re determined to try something, anything that could help slow or halt or reverse
that cognitive decline. But where do you begin? What do you choose? Well, you might want to start with something
that’s been shown to work. Your doctor will have many suggestions, and
they’re all good ideas. But right now, in brain health, but there’s
really only a few things that actually have solid evidence behind them. And one of them is braining training. I am a big advocate of brain training, and
I encourage anyone with MCI to consider it. Today, I have a special guest joining me to
explain why. I’m Tony Dearing, of GoCogno.com, the website
for people with mild cognitive impairment. Today, my guest is Steve Raymond. He’s had 25 years of experience in medicine,
home care and nursing care, working with people in all stages of cognitive impairment, including
MCI. Steve and I have a couple of things in common. We both belong to a private Facebook group
for people with MCI, and we are both big advocates of BrainHQ. So we got together recently for a Facebook
Live to explain how BrainHQ has emerged as one of the best options for people with MCI. Today, I have pulled together the best parts
of that Facebook Live, offering you five good reasons you want to consider BrainHQ. It’s a customized program that specifically
targets your cognitive weaknesses. It challenges your brain — not too much,
just the right amount. It protects against cognitive loss in a way
that “brain games” like Sudoku can’t. It’s been studied for a decade and has rigorous
science behind it. And it has the potential help keep people
driving longer and working longer. But to begin, let’s explain exactly what BrainHQ
is. BrainHQ is a cognitive training program and
it focuses on very specific brain attributes of attention, and brain speed, visual processing
speed, navigation, facial recognition, there’s a number of people skills in general, listening
to things, and there are so many different exercises and it’s like a workout, it’s a
workout for the brain. So how, what is your training schedule on
BrainHQ? How often do you train? How much do you train? I try to stick to at least 5 days a week and
30-minute sessions. I’ve actually, I’ve had 86 training days now
with BrainHQ and for my age category, I’ve actually raised my percentile score, my average
percentile score, up 20 points now, and I’ve noticed a difference in my actual, factual
life. For me, I’m kind of like well because much
of my public thing is talking about optimizing healthy aging and all that, so I’m kind of
like, I want to be the Arnold Schwarzenegger of BrainHQ you know. You know it looks like a game and people think
it’s a game, but it’s an exercise. So if you go to the gym, you talk about that,
you pick up five pounds and you do five curls, and you didn’t even break a sweat, you’re
not exercising that muscle. You’ve got to stress the muscle to make it
stronger. You’ve got to stress the brain to make it
stronger and BrainHQ is a very scientific way to do that. So BrainHQ deliberately has you operating
at a certain success rate, what that also means is a certain failure rate. It tries to keep you at a 70 to 90 percent,
so roughly around an 80 percent success, but then they make it, the program is automatically
seeing where you’re operating and it will try to speed things up a little bit. And then until you hit failure, and then it
will back off, then it will come up again. So, so the people who get frustrated, the
idea is the program directly confronts you with that challenge failure. Yeah, my advice to people is just ignore the
score, ignore the percentile, ignore the stars. Just play the game. If it’s pushing you to fast, you know, sometimes
it feels like you’re on the autobahn driving 80 and the guy behind you is tail-gating because
he wants you to drive 90 and you’re like, oh, leave me alone, I can’t go that fast. Just slow down. Just slow down. The game will slow down for you. And people should do what you did, which is
it’s not about oh, did I get this one right or that one right or wrong today. Just go back in a month and look at your scores
and look at how that line is going up. Look at how much better you’re doing than
you were, you know, that progress comes over time. The goal of BrainHQ is actually to stimulate
new neurogenesis, new brain cell neuron production and to stimulate increased synaptic connections
between the brain cells. Now just like muscle, if you only lift 5 pounds,
as you said, you’re not really going to gain muscle doing that. You have to challenge the muscle so there
are certain hormonal changes that cause muscle growth. Same with neurogenesis. You have to be challenged up to a certain
point to get that benefit. And that’s the difference from Sudoku. Those things can’t do that. Right, and it’s pretty clear. Neurologists say that those games are good
to do, they’re certainly very enjoyable, they provide certain benefits but they don’t protect
against cognitive decline. The scientific evidence of it’s effectiveness
is so overwhelming. I’m still picking my way through all the different
studies to try to really get a handle on the number of papers that have been written, different
focus, showing people with significant MCI having a benefit, and people in their 70s
or 80s having a definitive benefit from this program. There’s another interesting point here. A lot of these studies show people it’s not
like they have to do it every day for years and years and years. They do it for a few months and it showed
a benefit, and then came back a year later and that benefit continued and they had like
a little booster shot. I firmly believe that it can keep people driving. That’s a big issue here in Maine, because
seniors who live in very rural places, once they lose their privilege to drive it’s a
real difficulty for them. And I’m a huge believer in that. I’m also a believer in people that want to
keep their professional life going, I already experienced that, my productivity and my ability
to stay focused in my work because I choose to still be employed, I’m not interested in
retiring right now, it’s helping me in that way. So that’s the case for BrainHQ. If you’re interested, I’m including a link
to the BrainHQ website. There are also other good programs out there. If you want to know more about them, you can
get my brain training resource guide. It’s free when you sign up for my weekly brain
health email, which also is free. You can get it by going to gocogno.com/brain-training
and there’s a link to that below as well. I hope you find it helpful, and I look forward
to seeing you again next week. Until then, as always, be kind to your mind. 1:24 Or even some say, for example, who is
functionally, has functional mobility issues, I spend many of my days with people in their
70s, 80s, 90s, BrainHQ is pretty easy to adapt and it’s not a, when mention, you know, if
you approach it with the wrong mindset, it can challenge you emotionally but once you’re
in the right mindset, it’s pretty, it’s not going to challenge you the same way, for example,
as having to change your diet if you have to do that significantly, or changing your
sleep patterns. People can embrace it pretty readily.

Daniel Yohans

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