Author: DynamicBrain Inc.
Publication: Monthly Newsletter
Published Date: August 16, 2017
On July 25th, Dr. Mahncke, the CEO of Posit Science addressed the 21st Annual World Congress of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics on “The Science of Brain Plasticity and Dementia Prevention”. With nearly 45 million people worldwide having Alzheimer’s or a related dementia in 2016, the estimated cost of treatment and care is over $600 billion. Sadly, the rate of diagnosis is increasing dramatically.
The recent report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) indicates that one of the few types of interventions that may slow cognitive aging is cognitive training, Based on this report and the more definitive conclusion of the ACTIVE Study, Dr. Mahncke sent the following appeal to the world Congress: “It’s time for every library, YMCA, community center and senior center to take up the recommendations of NASEM and offer evidence-based programs to help delay cognitive aging.”
I have been sharing this message with all three levels of our government and encourage you to call for action by contacting your local member of parliament. Note that, we are not talking about complex, million-dollar projects. The ACTIVE Study showed that a relatively small amount (10-18 hours) of a specific plasticity-based speed of processing training made a significant difference.
We have modeled and now successfully run Brain Fitness classes across Ottawa, Canada with very small cost, generating significant results. Please talk to your MPs or other public and private figures in your life who are willing to make a difference and help us expand these classes. Feel free to send me an email at email@example.com if you need further information or would like to explore ideas.
Here is today’s dose of cognitive training, the Daily Spark.
Sleeping brains don’t stop learning
Kind regards,Frieda Fanni
DynamicBrain Inc. is the Canadian partner of Posit Science Corporation providing brain fitness program BrainHQ in English and French.
The science of sleep is proving a lot of interesting hypotheses to be true. Scientists have been trying to figure out just why animals need sleep at all, and they are now seeing that sleeping helps consolidate what we’ve learned, as well as fortify memories. What is even more interesting is that a recent study shows that there are times during the sleep cycle where the human brain can actually learn new things rather than process previous experiences. Read about it here