This health video will focus on if brain games can make your mind young again.
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Dr. Dean Edell: Twenty-five thousand Americans turn 50 everyday. And now researchers say brain building exercises can keep you thinking young. Male Speaker: The world is your brain gym. Dr. Dean Edell: Mental exercises called neurobics can keep your aging brain agile. It's as simple as altering everyday routines. Larry Katz: The feeling that people get of wow, this is strange is actually your brain focusing its attention on a new and a novel task involving a whole different set of sensory inputs. Dr. Dean Edell: For example, try closing your eyes when you open a door. Female Speaker: This is like pinning the tail on the doggy. Larry Katz: Just simply feeling around is activating maps of your world that you have in your brain. Doris Kelley: I try to be stimulated in as many ways as I can. Dr. Dean Edell: Seventy-two-year old Doris Kelley uses computer exercises to keep her thinking at its peak. Sharon Tennstedt: This type of training actually has the potential to reverse age-related cognitive decline. Doris Kelley: I am challenged by and a healthy challenge is good. Dr. Dean Edell: So pumping the mental iron as much as the physical may help keep both the brain and the body at its best. This is Dr. Dean Edell.