The human brain has the capability to learn throughout the lifetime. And the type of learning can vary. Young people in formal education might be learning dates and facts, but as we age, cognition continues to be malleable in other ways. Training the brain with focused activities can improve very specific brain functions.

For example, did you know that playing video games can boost cognitive function, decision making, and reaction time? What’s more, the cognitive training of video games enables you to learn new skills, enabling you to learn new skills that enable you to learn new skills, and so on.

The kind of cognitive training that comes along with playing video games has brain boosting powers. There’s also something else about video games that might help prevent or delay dementia — it’s a mood booster. Some research suggests that playing casual video games can be relaxing and even have physiological effects on brain waves and heart rate.

If you’re asking yourself what kind of grown person plays video games, you’re not alone. It’s true that video games are usually associated with younger people. But, you don’t have to have a video game console to get in on the action. Both computer and phone games can be fun and beneficial. Or, if you do want to play the latest console games, visit a grandkid and have them show you the ropes. You’ll be getting in some much needed (and brain protective) family time while your flex your brain muscle playing a game.