How effective are brain health classes in helping people maintain mental wellness?
This study by the Research Institute on Aging at the University of Alabama and Total Brain Health is enrolling 1,200 Acts residents as participants and is seeking more volunteers now.
Acts offers various Total Brain Health classes at our communities to help residents learn about the lifestyle habits that contribute to overall brain health. In a collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Green at Total Brain Health and the Research Institute on Aging at the University of Alabama, to date about 400 Acts residents have volunteered as participants in a study to test the impact of brain wellness training on a number of measures of successful aging.
The results of the pilot study are encouraging.
- Residents who attended the Total Brain Health “Memory Class” or “Total Brain Workout” class reported a significant increase in their knowledge of brain health factors and practices.
- After taking the class, residents reported significant improvements in their self-reported memory abilities and their belief that they could improve their memory. (This measure was taken only for the “Memory Class.”)
- After taking the class, residents reported significant improvement in their daily habits that impact the brain, which means they didn’t just learn about the brain, but also changed their behaviors to improve their brain. (This measure was taken only for the “Total Brain Workout” class.)
Please join our research effort to maintain long-term brain health by volunteering for this study when the next Total Brain Health class if offered at your community.