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Computer-based brain training could help keep your mental tools sharp

Software training programs may help maintain cognitive fitness with aging, but only if they are engaging and continually challenging—and not intimidating. The programs raise scores on standard tests for memory, attention, and concentration, but it is unclear whether this improves a person’s ability to function in daily life. Downsides of software training include the expense and their solitary nature. Volunteering, taking adult enrichment courses, and learning music are ways to stay intellectually challenged in a social way.
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