The potential benefits of mental distractions for the aging brain: Globe and Mail

Focus, focus, focus. This mantra for success is drilled into us from childhood all the way up to our working years. In older adults, however, there may be an upside to a wandering mind.

The Globe and Mail recently published this interesting research on the potential benefits of mental distractions for the aging brain. We wanted to share some interesting findings with our readers:

  1. Instead of encouraging older adults to try brain-training exercises on a computer –  a smartphone app or game designed for older adults could include useful information in the background, or as a ticker on the screen. Presenting information repeatedly, even in the form of distractions, “seems to be beneficial for older adults,”
  2. Might explain why artists such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Beethoven and Picasso produced their most groundbreaking works well after they turned 50. More recently, R&B singer Bettye LaVette became a critics’ darling at 59. French sculptor Louise Bourgeois developed her monumental spiders in her late 80s.  And nearly three decades after releasing his most popular album, I’m Your Man, at age 54, the late Leonard Cohen completed his last album, You Want It Darker, at 82.

Clearly, the youthful brain and its laser focus are not the be-all and end-all.

Read more at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/the-potential-benefits-of-mental-distractions-for-the-aging-brain-health/article33352335/


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