This week, scientists published a remarkable study that might make you add exercises for your brian to your workout regimen. The researchers found that older adults who engaged in "brain training" drills — puzzles on the computer, or even pen-and-paper tasks involving letter and number patterns — well, adults that did those exercises retain mental benefits for a decade or more.
Even more impressive, researchers observed 80-year old participants were able to carry out every day activities like a typical 70-year old, after doing the brain drills.
Alvaro Pascual-Leone, professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School; Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation.
Bonnie Wong, clinical neuropsychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
This segment aired on January 14, 2014.