Tag: neuroplasticity

Your Adaptable Brain and How to Empower It

A healthy brain is an adaptable brain—one that can respond to new information and circumstances, withstand the harmful effects of injury, disease, and stress, and repair itself following damage to, or loss of, brain cells and/or their connections. This capacity, called neuroplasticity, is essential to staying sharp in older age.

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Make a Joyful Noise: Play An Instrument

If you stopped taking piano lessons when you were a teenager, there may be some major health benefits to start tickling the ivories again. Or playing the violin. Or strumming a banjo. Or playing any musical instrument you choose. Research suggests that playing an instrument is associated with a lower

Boost Your Brain’s Plasticity to Combat Mental Aging

If you want your mind to remain young and agile well into old age, here’s a foolproof formula: Do anything and everything you can every day to keep your brain cells active.

Research suggests that regularly putting the brain’s neurons through their paces helps promote neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to

Is Chronic Pain an Emotional Disease?

Scientists have long tried to understand what causes an individual’s response to injury or disease to evolve from acute pain, which is an immediate response to a hurt, to chronic pain that continues for months or years after apparent recovery. Several recent studies suggest that chronic pain may come to

Partner Dancing: Benefits Beyond Exercise

If you’re looking to meet new people, get a little exercise and do something for your brain, consider partner dancing.

“Social dancers are some of the most welcoming, supportive people out there,” says Lora Wilson, board certified dance therapist at the UCLA Arts and Healing Social Emotional Arts program. “Most classes

Memory Games for Adults

Memory Games for Adults

As the incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of dementia continue to rise, researchers, consumers, and businesses alike have begun to focus on strategies to slow or prevent deterioration in memory and thinking skills, including memory games for adults. The thought process behind this trend is

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