Do so called brain games really work in avoiding Alzheimer’s?

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(ABC News) – What would you do to avoid Alzheimer’s?

Some companies believe the answer may be found with brain games.

Puzzle over this, for as much as we know about the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, we know very little about how to prevent these conditions.

A situation that has a number of companies offering up so-called brain games. Activities on paper, online and on your mobile device that are designed to keep those brain cells working at peak levels.

But the question many are trying to answer, are these brain teasers really the solution to cognitive impairment?

A team of researchers from the U.S. and the U.K. took a look at the state of the science behind brain games, analyzing more than 130 studies and dozens of companies behind brain training products.

Their conclusion – there’s just not enough evidence yet to say that these methods work.

But evidence or not, many will continue to reach for these games with the hope that they can keep minds sharp.

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