Giving the brain a recharge

May 18 2009 by Derek Torres Print This Article

Folks, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we're not getting any younger and we're (well, most of us) aren't getting any smarter. Fortunately, a number of American companies are realizing the importance of keeping the noggin running by working with wellness institutes and technology to introduce brain games in the workplace.

Once thought to be something that was done only in retirement facilities, more and more companies are using brain games to keep employees in tip-top strength brain-wise. Not only does this help them stay mentally agile and continue to perform well on the job, but it also has other tangible health benefits, such as staving off illness like Alzheimer's disease.

There are a number of brain games available for computers, as well as other entertainment devices, such as the Nintendo DS, which are doing well in terms of sales in the US. Only recently have health insurance programs and wellness institutes started to incorporate these types of games or activities into their offering.

It's hard to think of a good reason not to like this idea. Not only are the games fun, and even addictive at times, but they do benefit many of us, especially those who are prone to forgetting things or needed to give the old brain a recharge.