Researchers at the Center for BrainHealth are discovering ways to strengthen and reverse losses in reasoning, problem solving and planning skills to support independent living in healthy older adults.
Among healthy adults, cognitive brain performance peaks, on average, around 40 years old, and then begins normal age-related decline.
Research shows the majority of healthy individuals have potential for maintaining intellect, capacity for learning and consistency in decision-making through their adult life when they remain mentally, physically and socially engaged. Instead of focusing solely on a decline in cognitive capacity, research at the Center for BrainHealth continually uncovers ways to capitalize on the brain’s dynamic capacity to be strengthened.
Scientists have developed of a strategy-based cognitive training program aimed at improving frontal lobe functions in healthy individuals. In a series of randomized clinical trials, results show that mentally challenging activities can positively alter one’s brain structure.
A randomized clinical trial conducted at the Center for BrainHealth shows the tremendous benefit of aerobic exercise on a person’s memory and demonstrates that aerobic exercise can reduce both the biological and cognitive consequences of aging.
A newly awarded National Institutes of Health-funded grant aims to yield new knowledge about basic mechanisms of age-change in neural and vascular function and how these changes are tied to performance.
In a collaborative national research project, Center for BrainHealth researchers are examining the impact of strategy based cognitive training in individuals faced with complex medical decisions.