video games

  1. Video games like Pokemon Go keep you sharp as a tack

    Feel like a kid again with the latest cell phone game craze

    By now, you must've seen the news coverage for that new "Pokemon Go" game that's become the latest craze over the past few weeks.

    You download it to your smartphone, and it puts you on the hunt for funny-named creatures like Pikachu, Squirtle, and Snorlax who might be hiding in your own backyard... or somewhere a little more far-flung, like the local park.

    It's been getting couch potato kids and adults up on their feet, setting off on a scavenger hunt throughout town.

    And you thought your grandkids were glued to their cell phone screens BEFORE!

    Now, they need those mobile devices more than ever... because they've "gotta catch 'em all," as the slogan says.

    While you may think that Pokemon is just for kids... or that you're way too mature for playing silly games... it turns out that taking a little time to PLAY may have some great benefits for you, too!

    Last year, I shared a study out of California that showed playing 3D video games could actually improve your memory in just 30 minutes a day. And Pokemon Go isn't actually all that different from those 3D games, which are full of spatial information that helps exercise and train your mind.

    Now, a lot of the recent headlines have focused on distracted people walking into objects... getting into car accidents... or even falling off cliffs with their cell phones in hand.

    Don't be one of those people. That's the last thing you want.

    As you get on in years, your ability to recover from even a minor fall isn't what it used to be -- so just be aware of your surroundings while you play.

    Younger folks addicted to this game can take a tumble and keep on hunting, but even a minor stumble could take you out of the game.

    Even so, there's no denying that this new fad is getting people off their couches and up and moving, which is always a good thing. And it could be just the thing to motivate you to run around town yourself, as well.

    We already know that remaining active by even just walking, can help you live longer, helping you improve both your mind and body.

    It can reverse Alzheimer's symptoms... fight muscle loss... and even beat back cancer!

    And what's more, this just might be a way for you to spend more time with your grandkids. After all, they'll probably have to show you how to play the darned thing.

    With a little practice, you might even get good enough to beat them at their own game.

    Just don't get so caught up in it that you take it to the extreme. It should be FUN -- not an epic battle.

    Men fall from cliff playing Pokemon Go

    Play Pokemon Go Without Landing in the ER

  2. Videogames can reverse brain aging

    Finally! A videogame worth playing

    Most videogames will rot the brain, and if you don't believe me just take a look at some of the dummies playing these things.

    But that's not always the case. Some games can actually PROTECT the brain, reverse cognitive decline, and even restore some of the years lost to the aging process.

    And in one new study, a videogame actually proved to be better than that old standard in brain trainers, the crossword puzzle.

    Seniors were assigned to either do the puzzles -- electronically, rather than on paper -- or play a game called "Road Tour" that involves identifying license plates and road signs with increasing degrees of speed and difficulty.

    The ones who played the game left the ones who did the puzzle in the dust -- they had cognitive improvements equal to between 1.5 years and 7 years of reversed aging, according to the study in PLOS One.

    It's encouraging. Maybe even fun. But don't count on a videogame alone to protect your brain, because you might end up disappointed.

    The real key to preventing and even reversing cognitive decline is in nutrition, and there's one set of vitamins in particular that have proven in multiple studies to help wipe away some of the most visible warning signs of aging and dementia.

    They're B vitamins, and I had all the details -- including the exact doses used in one promising study -- in the September 2012 of my Douglass Report newsletter.

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    P.S.: The folks who make this game are already playing with your brain. Don't waste your time looking for "Road Tour," because they changed the name to "Double Decision." You can try it for yourself right here.

  3. How to prevent teen depression

    A new study finds that kids who are addicted to videogames turn out to be depressed, poorly adjusted misfits battling anxiety problems and other social disorders
  4. Video games offer quick road to ruin

    Want your kid to grow up sad, lonely and fat? Let him keep playing those video games.
  5. How video games can combat Alzheimer's

    While raising kids on video games is likely a road to ruin, there are some researchers who believe that these games could help the elderly stave off some of the degenerative effects of aging on the brain.
  6. Video games get two thumbs down… literally

    I've always maintained that excessive video gaming could cause a form of brain damage in kids: it could turn them into idiots. But now the author of a new book claims that video games could also be causing finger deformities in children.
  7. Fat chance

    The most disturbing trend in our rapidly waist-expanding nation is the growing problem of childhood obesity.
  8. Wake up call

    Recently, another study came out showing just how powerful videogames are as teaching tool - for better or for worse.
  9. Suicidal Nin-tendencies?

    Multiple studies indicate that many modern video games may be potent teachers of violent or aggressive conduct in real life

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