The latest discovery claims that learning new skills can make older people’s brains much younger and in a really short period of time.
A new study reports that taking up to three new tasks at the same time is a process that’s able to boost mental power and it also protects against Alzheimer’s disease.
The Daily Mail reports that these skills can range from new languages to using an iPad, photography, painting or writing music.
The online publication explains that “The course workload would be similar to an undergraduate’s and adds to growing evidence that dementia is avoidable through lifestyle changes.”
It seems that after less than two months, the people who were in their 80s have increased their cognitive abilities to levels which are similar to those which are seen in someone who is in their 50s.
The control group members who didn’t have any classes doid not show any changes in their performance.
Soak up new info to prevent dementia
Dr. Rachel Wu, an assistant professor of psychology at California University, said: “The participants in the intervention bridged a 30-year difference in cognitive abilities after just six weeks and maintained these abilities while learning multiple new skills.”
She continued and explained, “The take-home message is that older adults can learn multiple new skills at the same time, and doing so may improve their cognitive functioning.”
We said that “The studies provide evidence that intense learning experiences akin to those faced by younger populations are possible in older populations, and may facilitate gains in cognitive abilities.”
She said that an essential way to ward off memory loss and confusion is to soak up new info like a sponge, the very same way a child would do it.
This reportedly includes new skills to learn, maintaining motivation as fuel, relying on mentors and setting the bar high.
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