Cognitive Fitness Software and the Mature Brain: What is the Library’s Role?

September 21, 2007 at 7:08 pm 4 comments

Brain Games

In 2006, the Lifelong Access Libraries Institute closed with a presentation by neurologist, Paul Nussbaum. The 2007 Institute hosted Richard Restak, neuropsychiatrist, as the final presenter. Both discussed the brain’s plasticity– the capacity to learn new things and the possibility of warding off the loss of cognitive vitality, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease.

Nussbaum saw the public library as “the health center for the mind,” pointing to the resources and services that libraries offer as opportunities for stimulation and challenge for the brain that can help older adults maintain sharpness.

Is there a case to be made for libraries making available the cognitive fitness software described in the attached article?

Calisthenics for the Older Mind, on the Home Computer

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  • 1. David Irving  |  October 18, 2007 at 1:40 am

    This is a modern spin on an old notion. The time honored concept of lifelong learning is not so much a treatment for cognitive malady as a recipe for continued quality of life. The metaphor with physical fitness is an apt one, though, and is hardly restricted to the old and infirm. One would be hard-pressed to find people of any age who could not benefit from a regular program of exercise, for mind and for body. Boomers in particular are of the mind that if they have an ailment or a short-coming all they need do is buy into a program to remedy that lacking. I do think that there needs to be alot of peer-reviewed research and informed criticism of these mind calisthenics programs so that aging boomers can be directed to the most effective and, indeed the most cost-effective of these packages.

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  • 2. gloria coles  |  October 23, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    The Wall Street Journal reviewed several software programs in an artcle, “Ptting Brain Edxercises to the Test,” Feb 3, 2007. Most libraries will have access to this.

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  • 3. gloria coles  |  October 23, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    The Wall Street Journal reviewed several software programs in an artcle, “Putting Brain Edxercises to the Test,” Feb 3, 2007. Most libraries will have access to this.

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  • 4. jeremy Raulerson  |  December 10, 2008 at 12:00 am

    It is a well known fact that exercises for the mind are very beneficial for both ends of the age spectrum. I hardly doubt that in this day and age we need to spend thousands or even a dollar to find such cognitive exercises. It would be a wise decision to advertise for such health routines on TV or in place where people are more apt to not perform them.

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