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Does Brain Training Help?

There’s some debate over the plasticity of the brain and whether it’s possible to train the brain to ward off age-related cognitive issues like dementia.

One research physician recently explained that cognitive decline is a result of the brain getting smaller as people age. There are several reasons the brain shrinks over time, and some may actually be treatable: 

  • Vascular problems such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes
  • Sleep conditions such as insomnia or sleep apnea
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Concussion and brain damage

Some of these conditions can be eliminated, and research has shown that, in some cases, treatments can not only stop brain shrinkage, but also get it growing again. There are scientists who believe that growing the brain can help reverse the symptoms of memory loss and other indicators of cognitive decline.

However, there is dispute within the field as to whether brain games or brain training actually help prevent cognitive decline. Some studies have concluded that lifestyle changes, such as healthy eating and regular exercise, can help. As for working on crossword puzzles to help ward off dementia, for now it’s probably safe to say that it can’t hurt.

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Ryan Keapproth

Ryan Keapproth

Retirement Planner

Ryan is dedicated to serving clients to achieve their retirement goals. Ryan’s holistic approach centers on wealth management strategies with a focus on income planning throughout retirement. As a Financial Advisor, Ryan is an Investment Adviser Representative (IAR), life and health insurance licensed and a Certified Tax Preparer. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with an Accounting and Finance major.

Ryan is a lifelong Minnesotan originally from Woodbury and currently residing in Bloomington with his wife, Riamae, and their rescue Terrier Beagle mix, Douglas. He and his family are avid travelers in their free time. Ryan enjoys playing golf and poker, and describes himself as a major foodie enjoying new restaurants around the cities whenever possible. He is a sports fan especially when the Vikings and Timberwolves are playing.