A stronger brain to improve concentration and help avoid distraction comes from keeping it active. Researchers have found that attention training can change the activity of the brain, giving older adults an ability to block distractions and improve concentration.
As people age, the brain changes. Older adults experience changes in how they perceive information their eyes and ears gather from the environment. This is called sensory integration. Sensory integration makes it harder to block distractions when you are trying to focus on a task. Studies shows that in younger adults, activities associated with tasks that require concentration like reading, normally increases during the task; while activities associated with non task-related activity in a resting state normally decreases. However, this is quite different from the older adults.
A brain-fitness test was carried out on older adults. The objective was to establish whether eight hours of brain exercise could improve the ability of healthy older adults to alienate sight and sounds not wanted. The outcome was that such brain exercise achieved the expected results.
Brain training activities and games like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and board games stimulate thinking skills and problem solving. Research proves that daily training activities improves memory, even in persons with brain impairments. These activities improve blood flow to the brain, improve overall brain functioning and possibly slow the effects of aging. They can also improve visual reasoning, verbal and non verbal reasoning skills, memory, thinking skills, attention, concentration and response time. Regular game practice for a few minutes every day is important to produce lasting and long term benefits.
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