By now, we are all familiar with physicians’ exhortations to exercise regularly. The connection between exercise and physical fitness is well-documented and clear cut — even moderate amounts of exercise lead to marked improvements in physical functioning.
What is not as widely publicized, but equally clear cut, is the connection between “brain exercises” and cognitive fitness. Increasingly, scientists are concluding that our brains are much like muscles in at least one respect – they grow stronger when presented with challenging puzzles, new experiences, and even something as simple as conversation with a friend!
But what about brains that are already exhibiting some form of memory loss? Is it possible to put a brain that is already showing the effects of a memory-robbing disease through its cognitive paces? These questions often come up repeatedly for those experiencing memory loss.