“The baby boom, ” says Derrick Chasan of CogniFit, “Is the first generation that both has access to cognitive fitness programs and is aware of the fact that exercising your cognitive abilities helps you keep them sharp.” In other words, use it or lose it.
The problem is that you get very good at what you do, and thus your brain doesn’t have to work very hard to go through your daily routine. (If you still can), think about what you do each day. Most of us have a great deal of routine in our lives. Even on tough days, we seldom challenge our brains to learn new tasks. You may be a knee surgeon, but after performing the same operation 5,214 times, you are not challenging your brain.
What’s a new task? Try learning the cello at age 52, or learning Japanese at 61. Either will keep your brain sharp, but since few of us take on such challenges, Chasen says there’s a need for online cognitive fitness programs like CogniFit.
This slick product – I mean that in a good way – performs an initial assessment of your cognitive abilities and then creates a customized set of training exercises designed to turn your weaknesses into strengths. It requires a fairly significant investment of time, but Chasen says their approach is the most scientifically rigorous of the many brain training offerings out there. Although the site just launched a little less than two months ago, a predecessor CD-based product has been around for ten years and this version is based on training results of over 112,000 users.
Even if you don’t immediately decide to start working with their Personal Coach training program, it’s worth a visit to their site to learn about what aging does your yur brain.