The Glenridge to Offer Brainercisesm



The Glenridge to Offer Brainercisesm

Forgetfulness, confusion, struggles with daily living: We generally accept these common problems as inevitable stages of aging. Today, however, groundbreaking research has shown that there are new ways to combat these problems and buff up the gray matter.

In January 2009, The Glenridge will for add   Brainercisesm to the comprehensive brain fitness programs available to Glenridge community members.. The Brainercise program will offer two cutting-edge, computer-based brain fitness programs from Posit Science® of San Francisco. The first program, Brain Fitness® improves hearing (auditory processing speed) and memory. Those using this program have improved memory and attention by an average of 10 years according to standardized measures while also improving mental processing speed and cognitive function.

The second Brainercise program, InSightTM, improves memory and visual acuity, which according to research helps older adults improve their driving skills as well. Allstate Insurance recently began offering the InSightTM program for visual processing and memory to select auto insurance customers over age 50. Allstate recognized that InSight improves not just visual processing but also driving performance. Those benefits include: cutting crash risk in half, reducing dangerous maneuvers by more than 35%, improving stopping distance by 22 feet (at 55mph), and helping people safely maintain their driving frequency and confidence.

According to Dr. Ken Brummel-Smith, chair of the Florida State University College of Medicine’s Department of Geriatrics, “Brain fitness programs are essential to healthy aging. The more we research the so-called ‘normal changes of aging,’ the more we find out that aging itself explains only about a third of the changes. Another third is due to clinical or sub-clinical disease, which is all too commonly missed or under-treated, in part due to physicians believing it’s just your age.”

The final third of the so-called “normal changes of aging” are completely under the individual’s control, according to Brummel-Smith. He explains, “Medically the term “de-conditioning” is used to describe lowered heart capacity due to lack of exercise, but recent research shows de-conditioning occurs mentally and socially as well. Just like people who exercise maintain cardiovascular health, people with active, stimulating (and especially new or novel) mental activities maintain cognitive function. Brain fitness exercises also may prevent major diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.”

Although normal age-related cognitive decline usually starts around age 30, groundbreaking research has revealed that the brain can “rewire” itself to strengthen its capabilities. Brain plasticity is the term used to describe the brain’s ability to rewire itself, and scientists now believe that brain plasticity has the potential to change millions of lives in areas as diverse as memory loss, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.

The Posit Science programs are engaging and aim to restore, strengthen and sharpen brain functions at any age, without medication. In essence, the programs can help strengthen and sharpen the brain’s ability to receive, process, and store information to ensure that the brain operates to its full potential.

Anyone interested in learning more about The Glenridge’s brain fitness program or the many benefits offered by the trend-setting Life Fulfilling Community can find out more at www.theglenridge.com or by calling 941-552-5300.



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