Study links brain training exercises to more driving years
- October 21, 2016
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- Category: Miscellaneous
A new study from Penn State University suggests that certain brain training exercises are linked with helping people to be able to drive for more years.
Reasoning or divided attention cognitive exercises were found to be more beneficial than others, according to study author Dr Lesley Ross, an assistant professor of human development and family studies.
The study looked at over 2,000 adults aged 65 or older, who were randomly assigned to one of four activities: reasoning, memory, divided attention training, or zero training.
Those who completed 8 hours or more were then offered “booster training” which was an extra 4 hours.
All participants were able to drive and in good health, but were also assessed and divided into sub-groups depending on their risk of giving up driving.
Over 10 years, participants were evaluated seven times, and those who were given either the reasoning or divided attention training tasks and were also considered high-risk were 49% less likely to have given up driving after a decade, and this increased to 55% if they had completed booster training.
In general, participants who were randomly selected to receive additional divided-attention training were 70% more likely to still be behind the wheel after 10 years.