Exercising an Aging Brain: The New York Times

Thu, Mar 8, 2012

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By: Denise Grady

“More and more retired people are heading back to the nearest classroom — as students and, in some cases, teachers — and they are finding out that school can be lovelier the second time around. Some may be thinking of second careers, but most just want to keep their minds stimulated, learn something new or catch up with a subject they were always curious about but never had time for.

“For many, at least part of the motivation is based on widespread reports that exercising the brain may preserve it, forestalling mental decline and maybe even Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

“Is there any truth to it? And if there is, what type of learning is best suited to the older brain?”

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