Volunteering in public schools boosts seniors’ memories

The memory center in the brains of seniors who volunteered in public schools for two years maintained their size, rather than shrinking as part of the normal aging process, report researchers. The findings suggest that retirees who take part in meaningful social activity can prevent shrinkage in their brains’ memory centers and avert age-related cognitive problems. In […]

Want to help reinforce a motor skill? Have them take a lap

Posted by Katherine Gombay, As little as a single 15-minute bout of cardiovascular exercise increases brain connectivity and efficiency, according to new research. If you want to learn to walk a tightrope, for example, it’s a good idea to go for a short run after each practice session, the research suggests. The recent study, […]

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Giving support can improve mentors’ brain functioning

Giving support to others has unique positive effects on brain health, a new study finds. It changes key brain areas related to stress and reward, scientists have found. Those who regularly give support to others may have a reduced response to stress and be more sensitive to rewards. People in the study were asked about […]

Mentoring youth promotes cognitive gains in older adults

Carlson, M.C. et al. (2009). Evidence for Neurocognitive Plasticity in At-Risk Older Adults: The Experience Corps Program. Journal of  Gerontology  64A (12): 1275-1282. Posted by Tim Parsons-JHU Older adults who tutored children or took part in some other form of volunteer service were able to delay or even reverse declining brain function, a new study finds. Using […]