Stephen: Study suggests “brain-zapping” can boost seniors’ memories

Stimulating the brain with electrical zaps can boost your memory, and it’s proven to be an especially effective method for people over the age of 60. The AP reports that, according to a new study, a mild electrical current can help elderly people attain the performance level of people in their twenties. The zapping is aimed at improving one’s “working memory,” allowing people to hold information in their minds while performing tasks. It’s crucial for things like taking medications, paying bills, or buying groceries. The only downside is that the effects of the memory boosts only lost about an hour after the brain is zapped.¬†This is big news because memory decline increases as we age. In the future, this technique could not only help with normal aging problems like memory loss, but also could prevent or lessen dementias like Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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